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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:

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

Same is repeated for Chesapeake Bay at:

Seems to be prohibted in Austraila:

Basically same said at:

And the definatibve answer seems to be at:

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.

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