Originally Posted by brucehawsker
Re night vision - my navigator - wife - focusses on the chart, sitting on the pod.
Brilliant another good use for a wife. JOKE!!
I think that accident was bad luck to a big degree (I am sure the cox was not useless). I am local, I know the solent and have have much experience at night, yet over the past few years have had at least 2 close calls with unlit objects. Yes one was charted, however I do not sit there looking at the plotter, I use my eyes and a routeplan and am looking for other boats, which are not on your plotter. I knew the thing was there and still almost hit it.
It was an unlit "Big" main channel marker in the solent, however I had briefed my passengers to keep their eyes forwards and look for black objects. They tend to look blacker than the water, and one of them called it out. Trouble is by the time you see them you are on top of them, but with less speed you have more chance of taking action.
Any one of us, no matter how experienced can get caught out and could end up in this situation. It's a real shame this guys life has been so messed up, when his intentions where to take a few mates for a relaxing evening watching fireworks and having a bit of fun. Could happen to any of us.
My question stands, why did the court think this was worth 4mths, was there something else the guy was doing like travelling at 50knts!