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post #27 of Old 08-30-2013
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Re: WTH is up w/ the spotlight?

Originally Posted by RobGallagher View Post
Lighting up a vessel at night and blinding them is illegal. One might have to look up the various definitions of "embarrass". I know I did

Rule 36 - Signals to Attraction Attention

If necessary to attract the attention of another vessel, any vessel may make light or sound signals that cannot be mistaken for any signal authorized elsewhere in these Rules, or may direct the beam of her searchlight in the direction of the danger, in such a way as not to embarrass any vessel. Any light to attract the attention of another vessel shall be such that it cannot be mistaken for any aid to navigation. For the purpose of this Rule the use of high intensity intermittent or revolving lights, such as strobe lights, shall be avoided. [Intl]
And what if the danger is another boat spotlighting you? You certainly can't perform effectively when steadily blasted by light. If it is of long enough duration that it's starting to affect your safety, I say by all means spotlight the danger.


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