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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty123 View Post
    That, is a problem with any lights.
    With a lower light it’s more likely to be seen against a backdrop of dark water rather than light-speckled land or stars.

    Pete

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty123 View Post
    That, is a problem with any lights.
    No its not...

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    I can no longer find these photos on my computer.... so I suggest people take a looksee over here..... First post for tricolours... last page for anchor lights.... enjoy...
    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ur-191729.html

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    May I respectfully ask everyone to look at the thread that Frank has linked to? (Dear Moderators - El Pinguino is Captain Holden - it’s his own thread, with his own pictures, so no copyright issues).

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    Don't have an ensign on a nasty little stick.
    Just because Force 4 sell them, you don't have to have one!
    .
    Belgian & French customs will get the hump if you do not display them when visiting.
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    What can easily be seen from this and the multitude of previous threads on this subject is that no set up is perfect to all viewers of a situation. As the master of your boat it is up to you to display the appropriate lights for your own given location (mid ocean, costal).

    It is also the responsibility of all to proceed at safe speed. At night I see too may going too fast and not keeping appropriate look out either with tech or good old Mk1 Eyeball.

    I do a lot at night on the water and wherever I am, I am conscious of the probable scenarios with other water users in that location. It's not rocket science to adapt, to masthead lights or powerboat lights.

    I do agree about hidden and obscured lights but then they just put themselves in the running for Darwin Awards.
    Chris
    Out west.... (or in the office)

  7. #27
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    Belgian & French customs will get the hump if you do not display them when visiting.
    The flag or the nasty little stick?
    The French have never taken issue with our ensign on the backstay.
    Although a class 1 flag seems to be equally acceptable, along with GBR nnnn on the dodgers.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Holden View Post
    As viewed from the bridge of a big ship there is a very good chance that your trilight will be hidden amongst the background of shore lights.
    On the other hand, from the cockpit of a yacht it's deck level lights on other yachts which are more likely to be lost in shore clutter. In the anchorages I use (quiet one) masthead lights are just fine.
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    When close to shore, I use green/red and white stern light. When offshore, I turn the deck light on to flood the deck and the genoa to make sure I can be seen. Green/Red navigation lights are not enough.

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailorsam101 View Post
    I've done an awful lot of night sailing in my time in the Solent
    You must be one of the few.
    Aren't 99.9% of Solent sailors tucked up in a Marina by the time it gets dark!
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