Originally Posted by Teknav
A strobe light can also be attached to your mast
, with regulated flashing; a tungsten white flash every minute or so. It is easy to spot your boat from a long distance. When placed high enough, it will not blind anyone or be visual for those down below.
There is a lot of division over the use of flashing lights at anchor
. They are prohibited by the collision regulations
although there has been some call to change this.
Those that use them point out that a flashing light is good at attracting attention, is less likely to be confused with a shore light and it uses less power.
Those against point out that a flashing light could be confused with a signal from a lighthouse and that a flashing light should be kept for a distress
signal (although only sailors from a few countries seem to consider it so)
Personally I don't use a flashing light, mainly because it against the regulations
, but there is less need now that very bright, low power consumption
LEDs that can illuminate some of the superstructure are available.
Flashing light are very popular in Europe
. Most busy anchorages
have a couple of boats using them. I have no great objection as long as the boat is easy to see if I come into the anchorage at night, but some people object strongly, so I hope you have your flak jacket on Mauritz.