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Re: Rule 23a question

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Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
Tri-color lights are allowed for both offshore and inshore under 20 meters.
Not to high jack the thread but I'm confused. I previously thought this was the case, and was proved wrong (I believe on a Sailnet thread). So now, I thought it must apply to motoring only. However, in reviewing the regs, it seems it makes no difference. Has something changed in the past few years?

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One advantage is that the lights distract the helmsmen less high up.
A side light can reflect off the head-sail at deck level causing glare.
On every boat I've been on, the helmsman can't even tell if the running lights are on (Stern light notwithstanding), without going forward. I thought they were supposed to be designed that way.
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