Last Man Standing
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Re: Big Freakin' Sails
Jul - most are marked on the charts like you see below...
But, since we have no idea if they're all marked (which we doubt), and since we know that many are not lit...we only trust our radar and our eyes. But on really dark nights, that gets very difficult.
Most of the guys I sail with are in the oil industry (out of Houston). They say the reason many of them are unlit is because they are close in (less than 10 miles) in relatively shallow water. This translates into the fact that it was far cheaper to explore there and many more companies gave it a go. But, most of them were smaller operations that went bust...and when that happened they just walked. There was no one left to go after.
The bigger companies do a good job of taking care of their stuff.
People think that the CG should do something about it...but they're so underfunded for their primary mission, that going around and installing lights on hundreds of rigs is WAY beyond their budget.
So...it's just a problem that has no easy solution...apart from radar.
S/V Dawn Treader - 1989 Hunter Legend 40
Last edited by smackdaddy; 11-06-2012 at 02:30 PM.