Originally Posted by dabnis
Totally agree. Radar would have shown the ship that almost ran us down one dark night going out the San Francisco ship channel. Our boat, shown below, had only a compass & a radio direction finder.
It was our perception that radar was "too expensive", which was wrong.
"How much is your life worth?"
Paul--With all due respect, considering the draft of your yacht, you really had no need to be in the ship channel at all, eh? Having been raised sailing on SF Bay, one learned early on, that it was wise, under almost all circumstances, to stay out of the ship channels/traffic lanes and particularly so at night or in fog or both. One could easily sail/motor point-to-point along the edges of the channels reasonably confident that one was not going to become a bug on the wind screen of ship. Crossing channels in fog was the greatest hazard/most nerve wracking event. One hove too and listened, quietly, for a ship's horn or the thumbing of their engines through the water and when opportunity presented itself by the quiet, went heck-bent for leather across the fairways. One's echo sounder always told the tale, and when one's depth came up to two or three fathoms, one was almost always in the clear. The experience was a good way to break a sweat regardless of how cold, dark and wet the fog, and, afterward, everyone had a good laugh about the experience, in relief, over hot Irish Coffee.