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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Doubt it. Kind of like running around on I-95 in a dark outfit with a black skimask at night, no one would be surprised if you get run over. If you just HAVE to have a small black boat at night with no lights, at least stay in the 6 MPH zone

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Maybe you shouldn't be going 35 at night in an area where there are dinghys. I'm sure if you hit and kill someone even if they are not using lights you are going to have a big problem.

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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

It's exactly like being on I95. Good analogy. I stand corrected.

I'm going sailing today but I can't get out of the bay I'm in. I guess it's rush hour. Bumper to bumper out there or fender to fender.

If you are going fast you need to be able to see whether it has a light on it or not. A callous group on here sometimes. Some very entitled people. Care more about who's right and wrong and not about hitting or killing someone. No room for error with alot of you.
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

THE WAY I SEE IT. A DINGY IS A BOAT. if you are going to use it at night buy the running and stern light required by most small boats and use them. you are the one in the dingy that the other bigger boat will be running over because you chose to use some lighting that the idiot in the big boat is not use to seeing. don't use a flash light and shine it in his eyes and expect him to see that it is coming from you in your dingy.
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

except for two years where I lived in Pa, I have been at the shore all my life and around boats for most of that time. With how I see most boaters operate, they would be lucky I do not have a dink lit up like Close encounters of the 3rd kind. I simply do not trust anybody out on the water
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

You know where boats can legally run on plane and where they can't. You know you are legally requied to have lights after sunset. So......you tell me if it is a good idea to be in an area with a lot of boats coming and going on plane after dark in a black boat with no lights?
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

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I agree with chef2sail/Dave here. Minniwaska, seems you're so caught up in your desire to prove you were right and the dude shining the light all over the place was wrong you are doing a fine job of making yourself sound like a complete moron IMO.

I am done debating the stupidity of this whole argument with you, it is just so freaking frustrating when a poster as active as you post something so ridiculous (IMO).
Needless to say, you are entitled to your opinion. However, I don't recall calling anyone here names.

Just to be abundantly clear, the boater that set me off on this was shining up every single thing in the harbor: moored boats, mooring balls, nav aids, etc.

It would have made no difference if I had running lights, everything was being painted, therefore, ruining everyone's night vision. That was the point of this thread. If you find it ridiculous and me a moron, so be it.


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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

As a slight thread drift, I also checked the transient dock again for evidence of PFDs. I didn't do an exact count this time, but there are several dozen dinghies. Giving credit for any bag or compartment that might be capable of carrying a PFD as having one inside, I would say about half do.

This I find substantially more important than using running lights on a clear night in a lit harbor.


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We don't store our mustang pfd in a bag in the dinghy, we wear them while aboard. A dinghy flipping or swamping would happen to quickly.

We always have a traveling bag we take with ashore and they are small and lightweight enough to carry with us. Not leaving PFD costing a couple hundred apiece for someone to take when we aren't present.

Using the argument you don't see the pfds when walking the dock so people don't have them or use them is not a good observation to draw the conclusions you reached imho.

It's my observation that a great percentage of people wear their pfds when operating their dinghy. Certainly at night in a dark harbor with cold water in Edgartown wearing a pfd in a dinghy not just having it stored aboard would seem the prudent safe thing to do.


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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

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Capta, the lights regulations are International - not US. And, those regulations have been around for more than a century. Guess you just have been very fortunate in that someone has not run over your dink in the middle of the night, or someone in another country just don't care if you get run over and die.
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As I said originally, I would love to have a proper set of running lights for a tiller operated inflatable.
Of course the rules are international, I'm not an idiot, but if those legal lights destroy MY visibility then they are of no use to ME!
I would much rather run dark with excellent visibility than be lit legally and be running blind.
So the intelligent option is to run red/green bow and a white stern as a sailboat does, giving the operator good visibility and other boats a pretty good idea of where you are and where you are heading, legal or not.
What is wrong with that? I hope YOUR choice is not to run blind, legally.

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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

The lights I linked to a bit earlier do as you say, they do not shine IN the boat. I have the white one velcroed on the back side of the engine. I've got a construction project going with PVC piple and waterproof LED strips, but for now the $15 lights do the job.

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