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I'd point out that having both masthead and deck level lights are a good idea. I generally suggest that boats have deck level red/green side lights and a stern light, as well as a mast mounted steaming light and masthead tricolor and anchor lights.
The reason for this is simple—in the harbor, most boats are not going to see a mast-top light—so the tricolor and all-around white light are less than useful—while off-shore, especially in heavy weather, the mast-top lights provide much better visibility, and aren't likely to be hidden by the sails or seas. Also, having both sets gives you some redundancy in case you have a light fail.
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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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