The Red/Green all around lights are optional. The white masthead light is when you are under power. Otherwise a sailing vessel is lit up like a barge under tow.
I still don't care for the tricolor mast top light. It is optional also and it is to us to decide on what we want to use... And when there are large ships in the area... We can always mark our position with a flare up light on our sails. What ever it takes to ensure that we are seen... I know that the flare up is used for under 7 meters. But I want to be noticed out there by the watch officers on the other vessels.
Just like at anchor I use the required anchor light and also for easier Identification the deck lights.
One other detail: The merchant marine officers know what the Red/Green lights are. We have to pass the Rules at 90% or higher to hold our licenses.
Last edited by Boasun; 05-31-2007 at 11:30 PM.