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You will generally need five or six switches for your navigation lights.
2) Anchor light
3) Bow Bi-color or Sidelights
4) Stern light
5) Steaming light
6) Spreader light (optional)
This combination of lights and switches gives you some redundancy as well as offshore and in-shore options for lighting.
Offshore, you will generally want to use the tricolor if you're under sail. It uses less electricity and increases the distance at which you can be seen. Offshore, under power, you can use the bow bi-color and turn on the anchor light to substitute for the steaming and stern light for visibility at a bit further a distance. Alternatively, you can use the standard bow-bicolor, steaming light and stern light.
Inshore, you will probably want to use the deck level bow bi-color and stern light when under sail, since you'll be in close quarters to other boaters and they may not look up to see your tri-color. Under power, you can use the standard bow-bicolor, steaming light and stern light.
At anchor, you can use the anchor light. The foredeck light is optional.
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