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Old 31-12-2012, 14:40   #1
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Tricolor Nav Light Question

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 drain.

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 drain.

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.
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Old 31-12-2012, 14:42   #2
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Re: Tricolor Nav Light Question

The tricolor is an option it is not required, Deck level lights should be fine
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Old 31-12-2012, 14:44   #3
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Re: Tricolor Nav Light Question

Here is the rule

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Rule 25 - Sailing Vessels Underway and Vessels Under Oars

(a) A sailing vessel underway shall exhibit:

(i) sidelights;
(ii) a sternlight.

(b) In a sailing vessel of less than 20 meters in length the lights prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule may be combined in one lantern carried at or near the top of the mast where it can best be seen.
You require sidelights, but the tricolor is optional.
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Re: Tricolor Nav Light Question

A lot of boats are wired so you have the option of
1) The tricolour light

2) "Steaming Lights" which would be the deck level side lights, stern light, and the steaming light on the mast.
You will need to check that when the deck level side lights and stern light are on while under sail, the mast light is off. You may need to put in an additional switch for the masthead light
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Re: Tricolor Nav Light Question

Thanks all for your help. I thought I was correct in my interpretation. Thankfully my boat is wired pretty primitively. Running lights, mast light, steaming light, and tricolor all on separate switches.
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