Originally Posted by MarkSF
"On my breaker panel I have separate switches for Anchor
Light, nav lights and strobe light"
Which is very odd, because with that combination you can never legally motor
at night. The minimum number of switches is 4 : Anchor
light, nav / running lights, steaming (aka 'masthead'), and strobe. Unless you have a steaming light wired into the nav light switch, in which case you can never legally sail at night.
OK, I'll respond to something that has nothing to do with my original question.
If my question had anything to do with my steaming light, that on every boat I've owned is on the front of my mast
above the spreaders and is used at night when under motor
and has it's own separate switch, I would have used the term STEAMING LIGHT some where in my question.
Instead, I was talking about the try-combo fixture at my masthead.
Maybe instead of using the term, masthead. I should have said THE TIPPI-TOP PART OF THE TALL METAL THINGY THAT'S HELD UP BY WIRES SO IT CAN HOLD THE SAILS