[QUOTE=CaptChris878;32676]Robert…let me give you an example;
You pop a cable in the middle of dragging. 3 men total on the vessel, 2 of which are sleeping at around 3am. That cable pops, the boat pulls hard to the other side away from the tow and lays over about 12 degrees or better and risks flipping the boat as soon as the full weight of the tow, vessel power, and resistance against the trawl doors. You have about a 10 second window AT BEST to get the situation under control. Who has time to worry about a light. PLUS! if they run on deck and you have cable all over the deck or worse yet, the outrigger snapps. Your running out there BLIND!
ALSO! if you read the rules of the road, it does clearly state that a vessel engaged in fishing may use the deck lighting as identification while trawling at night along with the green over white masthead light.
Just remember, If you see the lights on deck check to see if you can find the running lights. IF you cant, most likely hes moving away from you.
Dont even get me started on all the assholes when I was growing up on offshore tugs that didn’t care at all about trawlers and would pass or cross without warning. I remember one in Mississippi that cut us off to the point my father had to go in reverse to avoid the collision.[/QUOTE]
First, it is a violation of the rules of the road, but one I was always willing to overlook. However, your post said ALL THE TIME, not just when they were working. I have seen way too many fishing vessels just sailing along during a transit with their lights on.
My issue was the idea that they think they can do it ALL the time, not just when it is necessary.