I want to make sure I understand this, a <20M sailboat CAN choose to display a tricolor while under sail at night, but can also run standard deck
level running lights while sailing at night. The main benefit is less battery
Here is where I am:
While hauling my boat for the season, the masthead combo tricolor/anchor light fixture was damaged and needs to be replaced. I am thinking of just putting a simple anchor
light at the masthead and omitting the tricolor. The reasons are simple: My geographic area and cost.
I am in SE alaska
and only sail during the summer (May through late August). During this time, the days are so long that I have yet to ever use my running lights so on the off chance I need them, I'll cope with the extra battery
IF i just put a simple anchor
light back up, the installation
cost is quite a bit lower as well.
There is nothing illegal about not having a tricolor onboard, as long as I have all other lights, correct (P&S green and red, steaming, anchor, and stern white light)?
FYI I have a 27' albin vega