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Re: Masthead tricolors
If you care to risk your life and the lives of any others you might have aboard your vessel to someone else complying with what's mandatory or even expected, then that certainly is your choice.
Yes, we risk our lives by having legal navigation lights and AIS. What other choice do we have?
I fail to understand the basis of your argument that a commercial ship not broadcasting and monitoring AIS is more likely than a watch stander not seeing a navigation light 3' off the water on a small boat in large seas. As for "real life", a commercial ship will be put out of business by doing what you suggest.
I can tell you for sure that our AIS has been far more useful to other boats than our navigation lights.
Your experiences not withstanding.
As for computing CPA and sticking with your eyes, you related a story where you failed to do just that professionally, but blamed it on a masthead light instead of deck-level lights.
Wouldn't have happened with AIS.
Manta 40 Catamaran "Reach"
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