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[QUOTE=EO32;352842]So the purpose is to signal that you are a sailboat under power, whereas power boats only have a white stern light..../QUOTE]

Not quite! All power-driven vessels are required to show a white light forward. For vessels over 12 meters LOA, this must be a 225 degree white light, located on the centerline. For vessels under 12 meters LOA, the masthead (or steaming) light optionally may be carried as one 360 degree light (representing both the steaming light and the sternlight). Rule 21.

Power-driven dingys, by the way, are not exempted...they must carry sidelights and an all-round white light.

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So the purpose is to signal that you are a sailboat under power, whereas power boats only have a white stern light..../QUOTE]

Not quite! All power-driven vessels are required to show a white light forward. For vessels over 12 meters LOA, this must be a 225 degree white light, located on the centerline. For vessels under 12 meters LOA, the masthead (or steaming) light optionally may be carried as one 360 degree light (representing both the steaming light and the sternlight). Rule 21.



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?? so if my steaming light mounted to the front of my mast is out on my Pearson 26 (26'), I can use my 360 degree masthead anchor light as my steaming light (I also have the standard stern white running light)?

I thought they had to be separate/ that the 225 degree range for the masthead steaming light was a limit (ie visible only for 225 deg., not 225 deg or more)?


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No you cannot use both the masthead 360 degree light and your stern light as then you would be showing two white lights from astern.
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Lightbulb

that realization came to me while I was asleep last night

I suppose I could do a work-around and put some Gorilla Tape over the stern light on the transom until I can fix/replace the steaming light on the mast --- (?) and then I'd have only one light showing from astern/abaft (the masthead 360) ...? ...

that would leave me, though, with the disadvantage in close quarters (the channel coming in & out for ex.) of no stern or steaming light down low where it may be more visible...
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Maybe this link will help you understand the rules.

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thanks, I am fairly familiar with the rules, just have some questions on implementing them.

...specifically, the page after the one to which you linked states the rule that prompted my question: "a power-driven vessel of less than 12 metres ... may exhibit an all-around white light and side lights."

... which is what a masthead 360 plus the front nav lights would show on a 26' sailboat if the stern white light is not on.

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That's 39.37'. I knew that it was bigger than me, but I didn't realize that I was that close to the edge. I have a cone too but have never used it. ... But I knew what it was even if I was ignorant of the length limitation

Thanks for the post. Boasun's right, we're mostly ignorant of the Rules of the Road. My Brother-In-Law just received his 6 person license. I think that I'll quiz him.

EDIT: Sorry guys, I forgot to mention that I was referring to the steaming cone on Page one.
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