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I know of two cases where an anchored boat was sued for having unapproved lighting when they were hit by another boat.
While I agree that, for anchorages near crowded areas, an anchor light, lower than the masthead makes more sense, it does not make sense to open yourself to the liability risk of using an unapproved light. Using an unapproved light may also void your insurance coverage.... then you would be personally responsible for the costs born by the other boat and the damage inflicted to boat boats in the case of a collision.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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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