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The steaming light isn't mutally exclusive to the running lights
. You need both the bow bi-color and stern lights
in addition to the steaming light if you're motoring. Think about it... Also, the anchor
light is not necessarily mutually exclusive to running lights
, cause on smaller boats, you can replace the stern light and steaming light with a single all-around white light. This is what I do, since I currently, don't have a separate steaming light installed ATM.
Using individual switches is the simplest way to do it with little or no confusion—which is why you don't see fancy switches to do what you're suggesting.
Also, if any individual function on a complex switch breaks, you have to replace the whole expensive switch...kind of like the turn signal/windshield wiper/high beam control stalk in your car... rather than replacing relatively cheap individual switches.
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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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