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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTAIN FANTASTIC View Post
    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.
    Won't doing that ruin your night vision? It would mine. I don't like any visible lights on deck, and have often moved sternlights in particular to avoid reflections from shiny rails etc. Or put some matt black paint on as well.

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Holden View Post
    No its not...
    Suit youself.

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybirdgaffcutter View Post
    Won't doing that ruin your night vision? It would mine. I don't like any visible lights on deck
    Agree.

    Turning on my very bright deck lights is a planned option for me as an emergency anti-collision warning - the equivalent of setting off a white hand-flare in the days before reliable electrics and super-bright LEDs - but I certainly wouldn't be sailing around with them on just in case. They give excellent visibility of everything within a ten-metre radius all round (so can be handy when mooring up to an unlit pontoon on a dark river) but everything outside that bubble disappears.

    Pete

  4. #34
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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    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!
    Must admit we don't end up sailing in the dark, in the Solent all that often. We're likely to be past the Nab or at least halfway to Weymouth by dusk.

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybirdgaffcutter View Post
    Won't doing that ruin your night vision? It would mine. I don't like any visible lights on deck, and have often moved sternlights in particular to avoid reflections from shiny rails etc. Or put some matt black paint on as well.
    I agree - I've had boats with deck lights coming on going blindly towards me as I give way and they can't see I've done that. If you think you haven't been seen then lights towards the other boat is a better option (not a very bright light at their eyes for obvious reasons.)

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty123 View Post
    Suit youself.
    Whatever...
    Trilights.jpgTrilightsdos.jpg

    Last photo is the ship the other photos were taken from....

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Holden View Post
    Whatever...
    Trilights.jpgTrilightsdos.jpg

    Last photo is the ship the other photos were taken from....
    Which proves what?

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by alant View Post
    Which proves what?
    That when you are close to the land there is a very high probability that your trilight will not be seen by watchkeepers on commercial ships.....

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Holden View Post
    That when you are close to the land there is a very high probability that your trilight will not be seen by watchkeepers on commercial ships.....
    Would any others?
    How do we know that they were showing tri lights if you could not see them? The one motoring would/should have been showing deck lights & they are not visible either.
    Last edited by Daydream believer; 10-02-19 at 07:32.
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Lights while sailing at night

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    Would any others?
    How do we know that they were showing tri lights if you could not see them? The one motoring would/should have been showing deck lights & they are not visible either.
    Most of those don't look like night photos to me .... or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me.

    Richard

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