I just got access to a computer, so I can copy and paste. Here are some excerpts from the Rules of Navigation. I really wish more boaters would learn them, as they are the law. Unfortunately, too many don't even know that they exist.
From Rule 3: (l) The term โrestricted visibilityโ means any condition in which visibility is restricted by fog, mist, falling snow, heavy rainstorms, sandstorms or any other similar causes. ******************* RULE 5: Look-out Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.
RULE 6: Safe Speed Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions. In determining a safe speed the following factors shall be among those taken into account: (a) By all vessels: (i) the state of visibility;
RULE 19: Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility (a) This Rule applies to vessels not in sight of one another when navigating in or near an area of restricted visibility. (b) Every vessel shall proceed at a safe speed adapted to the prevailing circumstances and conditions of restricted visibility. A power-driven vessel shall have her engines ready for immediate maneuver.
RULE 20: Application (a) Rules in this Part shall be complied with in all weathers. (b) The Rules concerning lights shall be complied with from sunset to sunrise, and during such times no other lights shall be exhibited, except such lights as cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in these Rules or do not impair their visibility or distinctive character, or interfere with the keeping of a proper look-out. (c) The lights prescribed by these Rules shall, if carried, also be exhibited from sunrise to sunset in restricted visibility and may be exhibited in all other circumstances when it is deemed necessary
RULE 35: Sound Signals in Restricted Visibility In or near an area of restricted visibility, whether by day or night, the signals prescribed in this Rule shall be used as follows: (a) A power-driven vessel making way through the water shall sound at intervals of not more than 2 minutes one prolonged blast. (b) A power-driven vessel underway but stopped and making no way through the water shall sound at intervals of not more than 2 minutes two prolonged blasts in succession with an interval of about 2 seconds between them. [/b][b][/b][b][/b][b][b][/b]
Back in the day when the Hummingbird Super 60 Flasher was best technology, me and my partner were running the shore line of the Ohio river with another boat in my bass club. It was really foggy but I had no problem following shoreline. Turned out to be a really stupid Idea and almost a deadly one. We came up on to a coal barge that was anchored with no navigation lights on it. It came out of nowhere. I passed within a foot or two of the side of it. Scared the living bejesus out of me and the other bass boat that we were following. I only had a 65 HP johnson on my 16 foot aluminum Sea Nymph bass boat. So we were not going that fast but should have not been running on plane at all. To this day 40+ years later I always with out fail, either wait the fog out or idle only following the shore line when I can. Also offshore humps are off the fishing list until the visibility improves. I fish Fayette 50+ days a year and there are times it is definitely to foggy to run, but there are those that do it anyway. Some people you just can't fix stupid.
yeah it only lasted an hour or so (till i put the boat on the trailer, of course) and we just idled around. I have pretty good electronics, but since Benbrook is a little low, it's dangerous to go very fast anyway because of the occasional stump you can barely see anyway. And believe me we were listening for other boats just in case. But we just fished back in a cove to be safe.