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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

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Dave - You better go check your lights!!! All the rest of us ACTUALLY DO have green on starboard and red on port.
Rick,,,,,that's why I used the word some and not all. Of course I know where my lights are, I follow the regulations. Suppose only some did.


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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Tonight while coming into harbor, I saw a little green light very low in the water, straight ahead. Red turned to green and I saw the white all around light. A dink with 4 adults was making it's way from one marina to another.

Was a pleasure to see and we had (at our slow speed) plenty of time to alter course a bit to port. They were hugging the docks a bit, no sense trying to go to starboard. They were doing it right. The red/green light was held by a passenger facing forward on the bench seat.

No life jackets being worn, but I'd bet they had them aboard.

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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Pretty foggy night here last night. Lights would have been a good idea.


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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Bumping an oldy, but goody. If this is the first post you read, you should go read the OP for context.

So, I return to the scene of the crime. Edgartown harbor again. This time, I'm returning to the boat at night, but rather than being crystal clear, it's pretty foggy. We're also not navigating back through the harbor, but out to the Chappaquiddick anchorage.

So I say, what the heck, dig out the white light. As I leave the dinghy dock, several others are coming and going. I note that way less than half have dinghy lights.

As I make my way past the Chappaquiddick ferry, it gets much darker. The inner harbor (in the opposite direction) is lined with lit boats and houses and impossible for anyone with above a 50 IQ to get lost. But out here, it's hard to see shore. Although, you can see the lights from all the mega yachts in the distance at anchor (none fit in the harbor). Amazing sight really, it was like a lit city!

Sure enough, I swear the same yo yo is patrolling the harbor with their search light as last year. You can see the huge sword of a beam slicing randomly through the fog in the distance. Whipping back and forth and even up in the air. Maybe they thought a meteor was coming? Then, sure enough, as they got closer, they lit us up like an escaped prisoner again.

I'm already partially impaired by the bloody white light on my dink, which obviously made no difference, now they see to it that I can't see a freaking thing. Next time, I charge the offender with a combat knife and take to their inflatable.


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You do know you are in the middle of and area the President is going to be vacationing in a few days? Clinton is also supposed to be on the island at the same time too. This could account for all the mega yachts and heightened security.

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...Sure enough, I swear the same yo yo is patrolling the harbor with their search light as last year. You can see the huge sword of a beam slicing randomly through the fog in the distance. Whipping back and forth and even up in the air. Maybe they thought a meteor was coming? Then, sure enough, as they got closer, they lit us up like an escaped prisoner again.

I'm already partially impaired by the bloody white light on my dink, which obviously made no difference, now they see to it that I can't see a freaking thing. Next time, I charge the offender with a combat knife and take to their inflatable.
If you have a handheld VHF, maybe you could try hailing him on the radio and let him know that he's causing night blindness. My guess is that he has no clue what a problem he is causing.


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You do know you are in the middle of and area the President is going to be vacationing in a few days? Clinton is also supposed to be on the island at the same time too. This could account for all the mega yachts and heightened security.
I believe Obama arrives this weekend, although, the family may be here already. Many of the Mega yachts had a racing sailboat rafted to their side. There must be a race going on.


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If you have a handheld VHF, maybe you could try hailing him on the radio and let him know that he's causing night blindness. My guess is that he has no clue what a problem he is causing.
Sure do. Not a bad idea, but I would eat my hat if they were monitoring or could hear the hail over the dink motor.


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Was in Egotown for a shot time yesterday, looks like the NYYC was in. Not very cool getting blinded like that.
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Interesting and timely topic. For the first time my dingy is properly registered. I did this because I plan on using it a lot more for back an forth from anchor to shore on BI and Newport. I just bought bow lights. The last thing I want is to give "officials" a reason to stop me after a night of "fun" on the island.
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