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Old 03 August 2005, 21:17   #21
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Kieron is a friend of ours. and I hope he still will be after this post. The bouy was unlit and had been there for years (30 +) and was marked on the chart.

When this happened we were obviously upset and concerned and the night after I went out in our Scorpion to Cowes and came back at 15 knots and I did not see this bouy until I was 30 metres to the port of it. ( even though I knew it was there).

It is my understanding that amongst the crew there were at least 4 local PBI which must indicate that prior to the accident they were having a good old time as nobody piped up!

The actions ignored three of the basic rules of the colregs ,IRPCS. and as such he can offer no excuse that would stand up in law, whatever the circumstances and as such will be punished. I think his sentence was quite light considering the actual harm that was done to himself and his passengers. Having said that I am happy for him that it was a relatively light sentenced.

I guess it would not hurt to put a light on the bouy but until then proper planning and safe speed at night innit.
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Old 03 August 2005, 22:49   #22
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I do find it rather hard to believe that such things can be left unlit in this day and age of "risk assesments"!!!! Maybe the people responsible for the buoy should go to jail as well...........
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Old 04 August 2005, 04:12   #23
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Watching the plotter will bugger your night vision ... unless you do it with 1 eye shut!
I have read that this is why in the old days, pirates used a black eye patch to make one eye ultra sensitive to light. The eye under the patch was used for night vision.
Perhaps we should start wearing them again.
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Old 04 August 2005, 05:02   #24
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Red light is good for preserving night vision... if you put some red film over the screen it should help - provided your plotter has a black and white mode
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Old 04 August 2005, 06:39   #25
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Re night vision - my navigator - wife - focusses on the chart, sitting on the pod. I am standing at the helm and can't see it unless I try to. We have both the plotter and the depth finder on their dimmest setting.

I actually keep wondering if a sunseeker is bearing down with a flood light becasue of the white nav light on the a frame.

Also two other adults looking out, one astern!
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Old 04 August 2005, 07:11   #26
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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!
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Old 04 August 2005, 08:10   #27
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Red light is good for preserving night vision... if you put some red film over the screen it should help - provided your plotter has a black and white mode
These might help http://www.kitbag.com.au/prod288.htm although the chartplotter may then blind you
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Old 04 August 2005, 08:12   #28
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These might help http://www.kitbag.com.au/prod288.htm although the chartplotter may then blind you
Perhaps U could use one lens looking for unlit Buoys and leave the other to scan the plotter this should well and truly confuse your brain
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Old 04 August 2005, 09:50   #29
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i always lean to a well thought out and planned trip. always be cautious at night and have the patience to go slow as there are many obstacles out there. i think it is even more relevant when you think you know a stretch of water, folk become lazy and thus have an accident. Do'h!

plan plan plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04 August 2005, 12:27   #30
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What makes you think that he was inexperienced and unqualified?

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JK was quoting in general and cast no aspertions over anyones ability to operate any form of water craft, mearly generalising on this occassion.
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