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It meets the minimum standard - that is all that is required
I hope that works for you if you ever get hit and then sued for not having a compliant anchor light.
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Boats are actually easier to see with a light hanging lower than the top of the mast. These lights will also illuminate the cabin top making the boat more visible. I think the coast guard has more to worry about than whether the light is approved or not. How many boaters have been sued for using an unapproved light?
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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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(Sailingdog
I know of two cases where an anchored boat was sued for having unapproved lighting when they were hit by another boat. )

Sorry, I don't believe it. Perhaps you are referring to incidents where the anchored boat had no lighting at all.
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Compliant means it meets or exceeds the minimum standard. Mega light does therefore it's compliant.
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Thanx! Got a fuller discussion and more education than I'd hoped for - fun and illuminating (pun intended). I'll go for the Davis mega light slung out from the mast. KT
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