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Actually, this is quite illegal. A boat at anchor
would be expected not to be moving, since it is made fast to the bottom. Your boat would still be moving...
If you want to use lights
...then the lights
you'd probably want are two red all-arounds, one about a meter above the other. This is the light signal for a vessel not under command. The two red lights
with the bicolor and stern light would be the best lights
to use IMHO. From the USCG on light signals:
This would alert nearby ships that your boat was making way, but not very likely to respond in terms of making course corrections or alterations.
Sailaway's suggestion of a Red over a Green, is no different than that of a masthead tricolor... it is merely another way to indicate that the vessel is a sailboat,
but does little to indicate that the vessel may not be able to make course alterations.
Originally Posted by dohenyboy
On this topic--if I am singlehanding, and outside of shipping lanes, heave to, turn on the anchor
light and go below to sleep, am I legal? Not asking wise, but legal.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 11-27-2007 at 08:00 AM.