It seems to me there are two issues here: first is complying with proper lighting
for the boat under way and at anchor
; the second is how to illuminate one's boat at anchor
so that other folks don't run into it anyway. The legal
requirements are in West Marine
Catalog as well as other sources.
While he is underway, marvinjansen50 can use his steaming light and his deck
lights. While at anchor, he needs an all-round white, 2 mi. visibility, generally displayed in the forward part of the rigging
. Recently (like the last 20 yrs. or so), we have taken to displaying an all round white in the aft part of the rigging
above the boom, which illuminates the whole after section of the boat, making it very visible to people in small runabouts, in addition to our masthead anchor light.
Something that might work for the one night is one of the portable all-round white lights available for runabouts and dinghies. Battery
operated, but with a little creativity with line for up and down haul, could be suspended by using the from the spinnaker
pole topping lift
to hoist it, and in the forward part of the rigging. Not at all a permanent solution, but if it is bright enough, might see him through... Have to check to learn if it has the required 2 mi. visibility.