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Old 17-04-2013, 12:42   #1
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Nav Lights Cheat Sheet

Anyone have a single page list/diagram of common COLREGS nav lights requirements. Its not for the user's vessel, but to identify lights shown by ships at sea. This is to have handy for watch standers to identify ships. It would be best as a PDF since images lifted from the internet tend to get blurry when printed.
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Old 17-04-2013, 12:45   #2
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Re: Nav Lights Cheat Sheet

BoatSafe.com - Boating Safety, Boating Courses, Boating Articles has a few pages of lights
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some cool ipod apps as well for that
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Would something like this work? As an added bonus, it won't short out if it gets wet nor will the batteries ever die.



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Old 17-04-2013, 13:48   #5
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Would something like this work?
Yea, that's the ticket!
Thanks

Edit: Except, can't find them in the U.S.
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Re: Nav Lights Cheat Sheet

You may not find pre-laminated cards in the US, but you can find the illustrations all over the place. Print 'em out as you prefer and then buy cold laminate sheets at any office supply store, or pay to have them laminated.
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Re: Nav Lights Cheat Sheet

Davis Instruments makes a "Quick Reference Card" that does what you want.

DAVIS INSTRUMENTS Quick Reference Cards at West Marine
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I recently received this book for review: http://www.amazon.ca/Lights-Shapes-S.../dp/0870336282


It's spiral-bound, relatively compact and certainly is comprehensive for U.S. waters.
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Re: Nav Lights Cheat Sheet

There is a cool product that I've seen from Weems and Plath called "ROAD rule." They are slide rules that you can use to line up the lights you see... and then it tells you what it is. Someone showed one to me at a sailing talk we were attending... though they were cool.


I haven't used them (I had Rules of the Road beaten into my head for 4 years at the Naval Academy, plus several years in the Navy... hubbie and I were making a joke this AM about one "prolonged blast" )


Anyway, here is a link I found to point you in the right direction!

Amazon.com: Weems & Plath Marine Navigation ROADrule Marine Navigation Aids, Rules of the Road and Light Characteristics (IALA, International Waters): Sports & Outdoors


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You may not find pre-laminated cards in the US, but you can find the illustrations all over the place. Print 'em out as you prefer and then buy cold laminate sheets at any office supply store, or pay to have them laminated.
I tried to cover this in the OP. When I print the ones I find large enough to be useful, they come out too blurry. That is why I am looking for a PDF.
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Re: Nav Lights Cheat Sheet

How about this from the State of Alaska Boating Department....

It is a little more than lights, but it is in PDF

http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/...kreference.pdf
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Davis Quick Reference Cards ➥ Davis | Marine
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Re: Nav Lights Cheat Sheet

I would rather not be looking up the rules. That means turning on a white light to read the flash card - not good.

If you are out at night you should know what the lights mean. There are memory aids, such as red over red, captain is dead (NUC); red over white (fishing at night); white over red (pilot ahead). The best advise - if it it looks like a Christmas tree, keep clear.
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I would rather not be looking up the rules. That means turning on a white light to read the flash card - not good.

If you are out at night you should know what the lights mean. There are memory aids, such as red over red, captain is dead (NUC); red over white (fishing at night); white over red (pilot ahead). The best advise - if it it looks like a Christmas tree, keep clear.
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The best advise - if it it looks like a Christmas tree, keep clear.
Love it! +1
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