Originally Posted by Coquina
I hit someone doing EXACTLY as you describe. They were in a black inflatable with no lights on a dark night. No damage was done because I was going about 5 knots. They could not look everywhere at once. A little farther out and I would have been doing 35 knots and they would be dead.
Mmmmm . . .
So there's a difference in being unlit and being camouflaged. If you have a black dink and are wearing black clothes and a black balaclava and all of that on a dark night then it's time to pay real attention. I bet they had a Mercury outboard as well.
How many other boats were coming at them when you hit them? "They" implies there was more one person on the black dink. At 5 knots you wouldn't really suddenly happen on them, a casual scan would have picked up another boat approaching. Sounds like they were smoking something other than cigarettes.
Sorry, not picking, just amused.