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    Re: The perils of going to sea relying on a minimum of modern electronics
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2017 Mar 3, 22:16 -0000

    13 years ago, I was sailing to Scillies in clear weather, then sudden, non  
    forecast fog descended, visibility down to 50m. No AIS, but big radar 
    reflector and radar on. Scillonian ferry and later 2 ocean going fishing 
    boats narrowly missed me, and I had to dodge out of their way.(they were not 
    for turning).
    Only explanation to me, these "professional fully equipped ships" were not 
    looking at their radar in thick fog and ploughed on regardless.
    I later checked with a friendly fisherman who could see me on his basic radar from 20 miles.
    Moral from this. People, not equipment tend to make the mistakes.
    Francis (still sailing, just about, despite several near misses.)

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