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Old 27-07-2012, 11:18   #76
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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

Yeah, the deck lighted up is a great option when in a high traffic area. Maybe turn them on when you hear the first 300hp fisherman head out....
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Old 27-07-2012, 11:23   #77
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.....From the various postings of the regs it seems that if one has the requisite all around white light, then other lights that can not be mistaken for a nav aid are permitted. Thus, a flashing light of some colour other than white, red, green, amber (yellow) or blue would in fact be legal. .......
So what colors are left to consider using?

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Old 27-07-2012, 11:24   #78
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I'm also in the camp of "use the proper lighting, dummy."

You don't go change your brake lights to white and your turn signals to blue because you think it will help you get noticed better. It screws up everyone else and at best makes you look ignorant.
Then, rebel heart, you have not lived in provincial Mexico. Especially trucks they use every colour imaginable, blue being a favorite, that is if brake lights ot signal lights even exist
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Old 27-07-2012, 11:30   #79
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It is a good option. Once you start illuminating the deck and superstructure (which you can also do with a bright low anchor light) distance judgment becomes much easier for boats approching you. It's hard to judge the distance of a solitary white light.

With LED spreader lights this is viable for the first time and as you point out its helps security, identification, and boarding safety. The only down side is that it makes it very hard to see if the boats in front of you are dragging. The spreader lights destroy much of the forward vision.

Bright deck lights at the stern are better in my opinion.
My deck light is very good, It is shielded by the mast, so my forward vision is not restricted, And you can see the boats in front very clearly,
And it is restricted to only showing the deck,

But boats with out any lights, Not good,
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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

The colregs clearly state that a vessel at anchor SHALL display an all round white light. They also state that a vessel MAY use working lights to illuminate the deck, for a vessel in excess of 100 metres in length the use of working lights to illuminate the deck is obligatory.
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Old 27-07-2012, 11:34   #81
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My deck light is very good, It is shielded by the mast, so my forward vision is not restricted, And you can see the boats in front very clearly,
And it is restricted to only showing the deck,

But boats with out any lights, Not good,
Try it when the boat in front only has a garden light, you need all the night vision you can get.
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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

We put out 10 LED lights on the rail.
1) Allway can find your boat.
2) Lights up the deck for walking
3) Low enough for dingys to see you
4) No battery drain and they stay on all night.
5) $3 each x 10 = $30 ,cheap safty
6) Looks like a cruise ship
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Yeah, the deck lighted up is a great option when in a high traffic area. Maybe turn them on when you hear the first 300hp fisherman head out....
Only problem, around here I'm pretty sure they are going faster than the speed of sound so by the time you here the motor the guy is 100 yards past you and still accelerating.
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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

After reading through this thread I think it would have been better if the question had been posed this way:

"Is it legal to show an additional light that is blinking on a boat that is already showing a legal anchor light?"
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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

Dang Capta, easy killa.

Go tell them, or leave them a nice note, explain the hazard to navigation, perhaps they'll get it, and you'll save someone.

MAybe you've done this, maybe someone else has, but please, ease up on the stupid, stupid, idiot, hate 'em program

That said, I'm a rule guy too, and agree 100% in principal.


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I am positive that the strobe anchor lights are NOT legal as they can be mistaken for navigation lights such as buoys, as mentioned above.
Otherwise, THEY ARE JUST PLAIN STUPID! There are 3 of these idiots right now in the anchorage in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, as a matter of fact.
Try entering an anchorage at night, possibly in inclement weather, and you are trying to locate that vessel, but just as you almost get a bearing; it's off, then on, then off & oh yes, the boat's swinging on her anchor, so the stupid light comes on in a different place from where it went off. You're moving; it's moving....
Got the idea?
I hate people who think they are so smart & can do just as they please, no matter that some pretty smart people have taken several centuries to work out a set of regulations which work pretty well for all. Go by the book & you can't lose.
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If you have a strobe on and get hit... then you can argue it was a distress situation! :>)
Please let everyone reading the above that you were joking.

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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

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You are absolutely right, I should ease up a bit, but....
We're anchored in one of our favorite (town) anchorages & sitting in the cockpit to enjoy the evening is something we really enjoy. Except for the 3 strobes, 2 pretty much next door.
I just cannot bring myself to go over & suggest that maybe it would be nice if he'd not use the strobe, so it is nice to vent a bit here, & maybe stop others from using one , (see, I didn't say "being so stupid", I am getting better.)
Gee, please stop me before I begin my tirade about cheap, noisy wind generators. They, no, no, I won't say another word here.....
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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

go public on vhf during morning net......is what was done here--did make a difference when someone chimed in on net with the procedure of strobes light use as being illegal for anchoring.....
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Re: Are Blinking Anchor Lights Legal ?

I've always found that halloween sparklers were a fine addition to colreg navigation lights. They demonstrate that you are a total 'a**hole', and don't know what the hell you are doing so folks just avoid you. Of course, some of the variations quoted above are equally annoying and confusing. Good luck out there... Capt Phil
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I hear ya Capta, sounds like a drag. Crank up some disco and see if that strobe doesn't take ya back

Had words with tractors and farm equipment today that were fairly coarse....no one stepped in as my conscience

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Tell your anchorage mates you're epileptic, and sensitive to strobes, and would they mind keeping an eye out for your floating corpse, when you siezure and fall overboard. As a result of their illegal strobe.


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You are absolutely right, I should ease up a bit, but....
We're anchored in one of our favorite (town) anchorages & sitting in the cockpit to enjoy the evening is something we really enjoy. Except for the 3 strobes, 2 pretty much next door.
I just cannot bring myself to go over & suggest that maybe it would be nice if he'd not use the strobe, so it is nice to vent a bit here, & maybe stop others from using one , (see, I didn't say "being so stupid", I am getting better.)
Gee, please stop me before I begin my tirade about cheap, noisy wind generators. They, no, no, I won't say another word here.....
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