Originally Posted by ddsailor25
So, one of my goals in life is to do some blue water cruising. Looking at power consumption needs I got to thinking about the use of running lights while well off shore and was wondering what others do. I understand that all vessels are required to use the propper running lights, but if someone is on watch and they want to conserve on power do some blue water cruisers not use their running lights at night? Another benifit to this would be better night vission as well.
Don't think i've met any who sail sail with no lights. that really is a bit daft. However a high percentage I've met (and me) sail offshore
without nav lights but with an all white at the masthead. Quality LED are bright and low power
. Logic being that a good all white will be more visable than a green/red. There's sometimes a bar argument sometimes about you being more likely to the stand on vessil with an all white but i dunno about that one.
, personally, bright white LED up high and assume no one will be sober enough or awake enough to see it.