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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Yes. At the start of every season and before any passage when they might be used. I also leave them on for some time when testing to dry out the non-LED light fittings. Doesn't everyone?
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  2. #12
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Quote Originally Posted by DJE View Post
    Once a season? I check them every time I switch them on.


    Before leaving and every once in a while under way as well.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Better than no lights at all.
    Cynical Scottish almost retired engineer.
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  4. #14
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Holden View Post
    Yes every time, and they are sealed LED units so no worries about crazing or colour fading.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Better than no lights at all.
    I think it's a bit like hazard lights on a car, the internationally recognised signal for 'I have parked like an arse' or I am driving like an arse'.
    If you see a boat with the wrong lights lit, it's probably best to avoid them.

  6. #16
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    Nr Falmouth, Cornwall.
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Quote Originally Posted by DJE View Post
    Once a season? I check them every time I switch them on.
    For colour? Not easy to assess - particularly at the masthead - from onboard. For functionality, of course we check them every time we switch them on.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie View Post
    For colour?
    Coloured LEDs shining through clear glazing. What is there to check?

    721211_6.jpg
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  8. #18
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    I think it's a bit like hazard lights on a car, the internationally recognised signal for 'I have parked like an arse' or I am driving like an arse'.
    If you see a boat with the wrong lights lit, it's probably best to avoid them.
    I have to own that when I bought a yacht I checked the tri-light was working from the cockpit. It was not, despite the label on the switchboard, a tri-light but the anchor light. Fortunately, we only motored at night on the way to my home port.where I discovered the error. The PO had never used canvas at night.

    On a similar note, the other night, we were sailing up the Bristol Channel with a following wind and sea. Agreeing a port-to-port passing with a large ship, they hailed us to say that our tri-light (Super Nova) was showing a changing red to green and sometimes white. In port I checked it was ok. The conclusion I came to is that the red to green and back was the yaw and heel of the boat in the following sea. But I noticed too that the very bright LEDs show dead ahead a slight whitening effect in the very middle. Normally, this would not matter as ships would give each other a wide berth - especially, if not in communication. however, the Bristol Channel is and interesting place to sail and I am very glad of AIS and VTS.

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    Quote Originally Posted by DJE View Post
    Coloured LEDs shining through clear glazing. What is there to check?

    721211_6.jpg
    In YOUR case, agreed; but not all boats have the same solution as you do.

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Nav Lights question

    I've bought a warm white to replace my mast head bulb. When I fit it, I will test it, who wouldn't?
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