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"then the anchor light in combination with the strobe is still an anchor light and not a distress signal. "
Interesting way to read it. Or, it could mean "I'm at anchor AND IN DISTRESS." But that's just me.
Distress strobes (in the USCG Inland definition) flash around 60x/minute, as opposed to what I could call a simple marker strobe, i.e. flashing maybe once every 5-10 seconds.
I wonder if there are any other formal reservations for the strobe, by other nations, aside from the US ones?
A local paper used to have boating rule trivia questions in the summer months, to keep us all thinking. One week, the question involved a mess of lights including a rapid yellow strobe and I said to myself, gee, that sounds like a submarine with a barge string towing a hovercraft alongside in reverse, that's gotta be messed up. Convoluted enough that I figured, whatever it was, if I ever saw it I'd just go running the other way.
Well, don't you know, the next week the columnist apologized for the error in the problem...somehow it wasn't what he meant to write at all. Yeah, the light configuration WOULD really have been that odd.