I don't see why a deck light would be illegal. Using the running lights strikes me as being far more dangerous than using a deck level light. Using the running lights might make someone think that you are under command, instead of at anchor... or think you're moving and will be out of their way and lead them to hit you.
I prefer anchorages that are have a low "idiot powerboater" quotient as much as possible.
I'd rather have the lower batteries and not have a big hole in my boat...
I can always re-charge the batteries with my handy but expensive SolarStik...
It gets me 1000 amp-hours every day.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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