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Old 11-10-2011, 07:37   #16
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Re: Tricolor Mast Light

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I dont know, in a lumpy sea, at some time you should see masthead and sidelights at some stage.
First pic you see the masthead light, seconds later you have the side light


Having both sets on at the same time, could lead to confusion, mistaken for a fishing boat perhaps
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I totally agree if it were the case that BOTH sets of nav lights were lit.
My point, particularly in the senario of your photos.... mast head nav lights would be visible ALL the time, not now and again.......no deck level nav lights at sea on yachts please. Ships with lights at bridge height OK, but not yachts with lights 1 metre above water level in 10 foot seas, no way!
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At first glance it seems odd that they would call it a "masthead light" -- but I guess it's from powerboats, where the steaming light would be there.
Harking back to when I first went to sea, steaming lights was the collective term for Mastheads, side and stern lights.
So when describing a vessel restricted in manoeuvrability it was said to exhibit and all round red/white/red in addition to her steaming lights
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Harking back to when I first went to sea, steaming lights was the collective term for Mastheads, side and stern lights.
So when describing a vessel restricted in manoeuvrability it was said to exhibit and all round red/white/red in addition to her steaming lights
An interesting, educational discussion.

"Steaming light", as it turns out, is a term not found in the Colregs. According to this: Rule 21 "Other navigation light terms, such as 'steaming light' or 'bow light' are from popular slang or from old rules no longer in effect."

I think most sailors use the term "steaming light" to refer to what, thanks to you, I now know is correctly if misleadingly called the "masthead light". And not to any other navigation lights. But a bit of Googling shows that, just as you wrote, commercial mariners sometimes refer to all their navigation lights as "steaming lights".

Interesting. Learn something new every day!
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Now if I could just get this kind of feedback on mauri sails........chinese sail loft . Prices look pretty hard to beat . Anybody know anything about these ?
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