Originally Posted by mister p
It's about saving lives dudes. Life vests have standard op procedures , so do flares and even plotters and radar. How can anybody argue the case for non standardisation of nav lights?
Because IMO has already spent oodles of money on making the specs, as laid down in the colregs, Annex II if i am correct, plus a whole bunch of other technical comitees. The specs are there, just comply with them, not make a whole set of new paperwork to comply with (and push the price up)
If RYA want to promote safety, then push for all vessel operators to have certificates of competency, and make it mandatory for ALL craft to carry safety equipment, and obey the alcohol limits.
There are many posts on here where people have been killed/seriously injured/having to be rescued and not wearing lifejackets, or having basic safety equipment, or have inadequate training, but I have not seen a single post (open to be corrected) where an accident is a result of having the wrong shade of green in the sidelights (if carried even)
IMHO tackle the biggest subjects 1st, then spend money on the piddly little stuff afterwards.