First, just in case my previous post regarding my lights on my Norsea wasn't clarified by previous entries...I have a masthead tricolor for use while sailing; and running lights, masthead, and stern light for use when under power. The tricolor is optional according to COLREGS, but makes sense to use when sailing, to me, because of heel while under sail and the normal running lights being so low with respect to the water, and because my boat is small with little freeboard relative to the normal swell and wave action in the open sea, where I am most likely to be sailing at night. These lights at the masthead can legally be used only when sailing, according to COLREGS, so they are off when motoring, and the steaming lights (running lights, masthead, and stern light) are turned on, as required by COLREGS. The stern light on the pushpit is NOT used in conjunction with the tricolor.
Junksea, did you get my private msg on this topic?