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Masthead/ foredeck combination light

Looking to replace my poor inadequate masthead light with a combination masthead/foredeck light...have any of y'all had much experience with the various brands and have a recommendation...need to stick with something under $100...
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I put on an aqua signal 41 that I found on eBay for less than that. I replaced the bulbs with LED and that added some $ . I don't know what size boat you have but the size listed for a boat size is a minimum sizeand you can have as large as you want. If my lights are on I want to be seen. I cant stand the small marble size lights on some boats,

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Looking to replace my poor inadequate masthead light with a combination masthead/foredeck light...have any of y'all had much experience with the various brands and have a recommendation...need to stick with something under $100...
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Do you mean "masthead" or the steaming light. A foredeck light is usually in combination with the steaming light, located on the front of the mast about half way up. If you mean masthead, I doubt there is such a fixture.

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A steaming light is referred to as a "masthead" light in many places, including Colregs.
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If you look in a marine catalog, there really aren't many choices, other than size. Hella, AquaSignal and Forespar. Take your pick.

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A steaming light is referred to as a "masthead" light in many places, including Colregs.
Well sure, but all the COLREG rules that reference the term "masthead" are powerboat related. If you use the term "masthead" relative to a sailboat, with most sailors you are going into murky waters.

Although COLREGs doesn't mention the term steaming light, most sailors know what it is

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I recently installed a anchor light from this company. It was very reasonable. One of their lights was reputed to be still lit as a mast was hanging upside down in thirty something feet of water.

I don't really see a big need for LED in a masthead/steaming light as the engine is always running during use, but the fact that they are sealed units would make it worthwhile for me.
(the link says "bulb replacement" but I believe it's a sealed unit).

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Well sure, but all the COLREG rules that reference the term "masthead" are powerboat related. If you use the term "masthead" relative to a sailboat, with most sailors you are going into murky waters.

Although COLREGs doesn't mention the term steaming light, most sailors know what it is
The use of a masthead light indicates that the vessel is power-driven, even if it is a sailboat, as opposed to a sailing vessel.

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The use of a masthead light indicates that the vessel is power-driven, even if it is a sailboat, as opposed to a sailing vessel.
Well of course. Just perhaps, as the masthead light of a sailboat will never be located at the head of the sailboat's mast...it might better for communicating amoung the un-licensed sailing public to term that light a steaming light...

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Well of course. Just perhaps, as the masthead light of a sailboat will never be located at the head of the sailboat's mast...it might better for communicating amoung the un-licensed sailing public to term that light a steaming light...
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