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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

By the way, there is a good reason why red is on port, and it's how I remember which side is which.

Two boats under power approach each other at a 90 degree angle. If you're on one of these boats and you see the one to your starboard, he is the stand-on vessel and you give way. At night, you would see this vessel's red light (red means stop), and you would know it's approaching you by the relative position of the red and white lights. In order for you to see his red light, it has to be on his port side.

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