Originally Posted by Minnewaska
OMG, I returned in the dead of night again and could actually see my boat from shore. no one requires a spotnlight, nor ru ning lights on the target vessel to see at night. When they blast thier spot light, they ruin theirs and others night vision for nothing.
That yahoo the other night started well on the other side of the harbor. It clearly wouldn't have mattered if we had running lights on. They were on the hunt for every moored boat along the way and every dinghy, running lights or not. The moored balls aren't lit either, by the way.
Lest anyone failed to notice, I said I do have lights for the dink, which is an 11 ft RIB with 18 hp motor. Bigger than some, but not among the larger units with built in lights. I've never measured, but I suspect it is capable of doing more than 7 knots. At night, we never are close. I would use lights in low viz conditions. My beef is where running lights are doing more harm than good and with yahoos sweeping a spot light around.
Based on the actual comings and goings at the transient dinghy dock last evening, it seems 90% of dinks aren't using lights and I've not heard of anyone ever being cited. I suppose someone may have had them squirreled away somewhere that I couldn't see them, but it not buying that was many that intended to use them. I have them squirreled away, but most dinks don't have anywhere to hide anything. A bag under the seat for security, now that's funny. I saw many underway and it was the fractional minority using running lights. Seems they couldn't find their own bag, if they had one. Thankfully, no one with a spot light last night. Again, clear skies and you could see boats from a few hundred yards away.
I will bet I'm ahead of most by having PFDs for everyone, an anchor, paddle and distress signals. When not in cell range, I bring a handheld too. But, the lights on a clear bright night are dumb.
Still trying to stubbronly prove your right.
What is dumb here is your continued ridiculing of those who follow the procedures of safety.
You whine when I am sarcastic to you, but have no problem posting something dripping with it. I have never ever heard you admit you are wrong about anything, but we have gotten used to that
Fact- You are clearly breaking the law here.
Fact- You are clearly arrogant about it and continue to try and justify it
Fact- You beleive you know better than the law and most others and beleive
you are superior to orthers in judgement and knowledge
Fact- [B]A newbie or one uninformed should not follow your example or take
your advice in this as it CLEARLY
becomes a safety issue for others
as well as you[/B
Fact- I doubt you are ahead of most having a PFS for everyone, an anchor
a paddle, distress signals and ahandheld. We carry that and even wear
our PFDs ( required on our dinghy). For you to make that statement shows
your feelings of superiority of others
Fact- You stated you have running lights on the boat, why not even just
light up the red and green, That wont affect your night vision.
Arrogance that why.
You started the thread whining about someone lighting you up on a parallel course when you were running dark. Almost everyone who has posted here can understand why that happened. Arrogant superior you is still clueless as to why as eveidenced by your reaction and running dark again.
Just follow the law and the rules. Make it safe for the rest of us. I dont want to run into you in the dark unlit when you dont have to be that way and it is illegal to be that way.
Your MO is to follow with a personal attack on me, when I disagree with you. Will we be disappointed?