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How about Glow in the Dark stays

...or could you just leave the Christmas Lights up all year round
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Well,

It looks like those nasty looking things are the smartest thing to do... not the best looking!!! I doubt they are nearly as bright as they advertise them to be (especially late at night). I would also be concerned about the getting caught up in a jib sheet. But I might give them a try. Just depends on how unsafe I feel that night.

For those of you that anchor in a designated anchorage (or always plan to) not a problem. For the rest who prefer it a little further away, I guarantee you that getting hit in the middle of the night will be on your mind... along with: the weather coming in, the anchor dragging, that strange scheeching noise you have not heard before, the bilge pump suddenly kicking on, that shrimp or fish tapping on the hull, the halyard rapping on the mast that you forgot to lash elsewhere, did you put water in the batts?, did you leave the beer on the dock?, are the kids too cold...... well, you get the pictrure. But no, really, you always get a good night sleep on the hook. Really.

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Well........ although I consider them pretty bright, my wife burst into laughter and said - That's a Mega Light ????
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I'm not sure any light would protect you from the 50knot power boat freaks. The only light that might be effective and this only with someone on watch, might be the laser light mounted under the barrel of my modified AR-15. However I have seen SOLAS reflective tape on stanchions and masts. With very low power deck lights the tape shows up so brightly that only a stoned cigarrete boat driver might not see it.
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CD...I have one question...

What kind of disease does a person have that causes the subject to bring all kinds of crap to his boat???

Has it been diagnosed??? Does it have a name??? how about a cure??
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I gues I could hang one of these from the spinnaker halyard. I am just concerned I would get rid of the power boaters and attract the elvis impersonators...

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What kind of disease does a person have that causes the subject to bring all kinds of crap to his boat???

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Yes, my friend, it does have a name. It is called: boughtusaboatusandisbrokeus. The lamen term is just plain broke.
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The Navigation Rules, both International and Inland, call for an anchored vessel to display:

(1) in the forward part of the vessel, an all-round white light; and
(2) near the stern of the vessel, and lower than the light in the forward part of the vessel, a second all-round white light.

Vessels less than 50 meters in length may display just the one light in the forward part of the vessel.

However, the Rules also provide for a vessel at anchor to: "also use the available working or equivalent lights to illuminate her decks" if she so desires. Vessels over 100 meters in length SHALL use these lights.

I take from this that if you're going to show a second "anchor light", it should be near the stern and should be lower than the first anchor light. Maybe, hanging in the cockpit?

Also, you could show your decklights, spreader lights, or any other light which could be construed to be "working or equivalent lights".

My solution when anchored where there is significant traffic and, especially, small boats with party animals aboard, is to hang a bright anchor light halfway between the mast and the forestay, about 10' above the deck. This light, alone, meets the requirement for an anchor light, and provides pretty good illumination of the decks and hull.

If I were to use this light in addition to the regular anchor light at the top of the mast, I'd move it to the stern of the boat.

It is NEVER OK to leave your running lights on at anchor. In addition to it being wrong (cf the Rules) and looking stupid, you'd be leaving yourself open to possible legal action if an accident were to occur.

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Bill,

EXACTLY. Reminds me of an old post here or CF.. I cannot recall, where the poster had his tender struck by an apparently drunk motorboater. The tender was attached to his boat, which showed his anchor light. However, he was found 1/2 at fault because his TENDER, tied to his boat, did not show an anchor light.

Interesting, huh? And don't you know one of the lawyers for the drunk motorboater that hits you would find any and all ways to get out of the lawsuit... guilty or not.

As far as the deck light, I realize it works, and have used it on countless times when there is a lot of traffic, but it is impractical at night because the light comes in through the hatches. If you have to, you have to.

Here is a question: Would the rail lights be considered working lights or anchor lights? And, could it be contested in court either way....
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CD - I carry several red and amber bicycle tail tights for just this purpose. When we anchor in a spot that we have concerns with traffic at night, I place 1 of each color on the port and starboard side about 6 inches apart mid-boom. I wonder about the legality sometimes but then I will take my chances with that vs a collision in the night while we are asleep.

The lights I use can be purchased at any bike shop. They are LEDs with colored lenses and cost less than $10. I use rechargeable batteries and have a small solar panel to recharge them on occasion. The ones to look fir have a pulsing pattern that is visible from quite a distance and I believe might allow an oncoming captain to distinguish them from a running light. I use the red/amber combo as well to get their attention provide (hopefully) something that allows them to realize it is not a running light.

Not perfect or terribly yachty but it works for me (at least untill I get run down!).

Just another option to consider....

UPDATE: It is clear to me upon review of the regs. (which we could all stand to do more often) along with thoughts posted in this thread that that this is a BAD idea. While convenient and seemingly useful at the time, it is clear the potential for error with this approach outweighs the benefits.

Apologies to all. John

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