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    Re: Lights etc.
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2003 Oct 10, 11:04 -0500

    On Fri, 10 Oct 2003 19:14:03 +0530, Keith Williams wrote:
    >This white light practice needs to be sorted out asap. It's stupid of us
    >yachties to think we can wander around with lights which confuse the
    >professionals, let alone each other.
    >Why one earth would a sailor use solely an all-round white when
    >underway? WE NEED THE COLOURED SECTORS - they tell other mariners who
    I hope that my lighting maximizes the information available to other
    mariners. I have a sailboat slightly under 1 m long, although its
    lights are the size for over 12. The stock arrangement is r/g on the
    bow pulpit, and white on the stern, with a steaming light about 30 feet
    up the mast.
    I have added a tricolor lantern with an all-around white at the
    masthead. The tricolor can be used only when the engine is off. So the
    stock motoring arrangement is invisible over a fairly near horizon. To
    make the boat as visible under power as it is under sail when motoring
    at sea, I replace the white stern light and the steaming light with the
    all-around white that is 56 feet high.
    Until the r/g bow lights, about 6 feet high, appear over the horizon,
    this arrangement looks exactly like the single all-around white. I
    suggest that a vessel that can only go 6 kts under power can reasonably
    be regarded as overtaken by a fast-moving large vessel until the bow
    lights become visible.
    I ask the professionals in this discussion if there is any better
    [legal] arrangement I could use.
    I have seen others use the tricolor along with the steaming light.
    Having the steaming light below the red/green is a violation of
    ColRegs. If its directional information is of value to ships at a
    distance, and there is no other mandated light array that might be
    confused with this. perhaps the IMO should move for a revision of
    Rodney Myrvaagnes J36   Opinionated old geezer
    Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

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