Originally Posted by paulk
Often it's not so much a question of challenging commercial traffic as being seen and avoided by it. A J/105 was run over at night by a freighter in Long Island Sound a few years ago. If they had seen the sailboat, they would probably have steered around it. Better than a series of Coast Guard Inquiry sessions.
Don't know anything about Long Island Sound. Do know a little about San Francisco Bay and outside. Had two cases of nearly being run down, both our fault. Lost our wind in the Bay and waited too long to start the engine and running out the outside ship channel in the dark, becoming distracted for a moment and failed to keep a proper watch, looked back just in time to see a wall of lights closing fast, way too close.
First instance was in bright sunshine, second, we had a large triangular metal radar reflector mounted up high. In both cases the ships gave no indication they even saw us, no whistle, course or speed change. I would guess that if they saw you and could take any evasive action, they might try?
Tanker Owners Admit Evidence Indicates Ship Hit Fishing Boat - Los Angeles Times
Forgot this one, it appears no one was watching?