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I have tricolor masthead light and also port and starboard navigation sidelights. Can I legally display both sets of these the same time while under sail?
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The Tricolor is used in place of the deck level lights. In general, the Tricolor is best used off shore where you want to be seen at a greater distance. The deck level lights are better suited for coastal and in-harbor situations where visibility at shorter ranges and people will be not expecting mast-head level lights is generally the case.
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I have tricolor masthead light and also port and starboard navigation sidelights. Can I legally display both sets of these the same time while under sail?
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Hi Jim, good question. No you can't display them both legally. Note that anyone to your port would see "red over red" which would be telling them that you are a disabled ship!
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I don't think so. Doesn't two red lights above eachother represent a boat that is not in operation or unable to manouvre?
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You might want to take a class like the Power Squadrons course. (See USPS Educational Department - Public Boating Education Programs) It will get you familiar with lights and other rules of the road.
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