Originally Posted by Minnewaska
The less maneuverable rowing dinghy, which would be more difficult to move out of the way, requires less lighting.
Regulations are not synonymous with safety.
It's dangerous to advocate not following regulations which all others do. Regulations standardize how we operate our boats, so we can predict others reactions and provide conformity so we are all on the same page. Imagine if some decided to install green lights on the starboard and red on the port, some decided to run dark and others decided to run according to the regulations.
It really is a safety issue. Someone who refuses to follow regulations makes it unsafe for the rest of us. If you don't agree with the regulation lobby to change it.