Dan, I certainly do remember it. And one could make the point that when a blind drunk in a speedboat is about to torpedo you, a half degree alignment on running lights wouldn't matter much anyway.
But on a more practical basis, how many threads have there been about "my mast
isn't straight" or something else about a boat or the rigging
being out of alignment? I have to wonder, is it even possible to determine the fore/aft centerline of a boat to that accuracy, for the average owner? You might need to remove the stemhead or anchor
roller, to find the real pointy end dead center. And then what? Move aft to the mast
, which might not be centered in the partners? Or...how to skip around that to get clear aft to the transom? Carefully measuring on what straight line to another centerline? Then carefully run the marine-grade chalk line to snap a centerline on the boat?
I'm not saying it is impossible, but I've done some carpentry making cuts accurate to 1/64th of an inch, only to find that when the humidity shifted, so did the wood and there's a reason carpenters never measure that closely.<G>
Half a degree on the centerline of a boat? Ever seen a windex
that was aligned that closely? Ever seen a racer's wind
instruments aligned that closely? Really??
You know, I'm not going to check the color spectrum for those lights either.<VBG>