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post #2 of Old 07-14-2009
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I have had the experience at night more than once of a power driven vessel coming at me with their spotlight on and other times with their so-called docking lights on; just as bad. I lost my night vision being dazzled by the oncoming boat which was "up on plane" as they are wont to say. It has never occurred to these fellows to maybe slow down if they aren't sure where they're going. To answer the question,however, it is not legal to use the searchlight or those new "docking lights" as headlights while underway in the normal course of navigating your vessel. Boats don't have headlights. I did have the distinct pleasure of observing one of these unknowing, unschooled moto-boto tyros "pulled over" by the marine police for navigating at night this way. Once, I was present when a new run-about owner told the salesman that they couldn't see while out the previous evening. The red and green "headlight" just wasn't bright enough. YES, this is a pet peeve. Anyway,......
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