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When do you use the 225 degree masthead light?

When do you use the 225 degree masthead light?
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When you are motoring after sunset or during limited visibility.
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225 degree light is properly refereed to as a steaming light. To be used while under engine power.
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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.

How many of you fly a black steaming cone when motor sailing?

I found one from the PO had and I thought is was a small sea anchor.
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Flying a steaming cone isn't required in inland waters for a vessel less than 12 METERS LOA in the USA IIRC.
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Do you need to run it if you have the sails down??

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Do you need to run it if you have the sails down??

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If it's dark/dusk or otherwise limited visibility out, YES.
Lights aren't needed at all during normal visibility/daylight hours.
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Flying a steaming cone isn't required in inland waters in the USA IIRC. It is required in international waters though.
Gesh! According to the Rules it is required under both International and Inland.

What has happened is that to many people have little knowledge of the rules and we support the lawyers that way.
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Actually Boasun, for my boat it isn't. IIRC, the rule for the motoring dayshape only applies to boats over 12 Meters LOA. I've clarified my original post.
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