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Old 07-05-2004
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When use mast strobe light?

I spoke too soon. There apparently -are- valid uses for the masthead strobe.

First, West Marine says it is approved for use as a distress light on inland waters; but illegal offshore.

Next, the rules for the ''Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race'' actually -requires- masthead stobe lights on participating vessels. (Page 5, 7.24) at:

http://www.sfbaysss.org/transpac2004/transpac_nor.pdf


The Port of Charleston mentions them (and white flares) as visibility tools -- but says the strobe is for ''distress only''.

http://www.port-of-charleston.com/community/keep.asp

Same is repeated for Chesapeake Bay at:

http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/CB/keepclear.html

Seems to be prohibted in Austraila:

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/dfat/treaties/1983/34.html

Basically same said at:

http://www.boatingsafety.com/colregs.htm

And the definatibve answer seems to be at:

http://www.offsoundings.com/22STROBLIGHTS.pdf

Which references the -approved- use of strobe likes described by the USCG Navigation Center. I''l take their word for it (smile).

So there are approved uses of a masthead strobe, but mainly on inland waterways. How the Transpac avoids the clear international prohibition of the lights is confusing to me.

Jonathan
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