I am considering to rewire and get new nav lights (LED) soon.
I am still confused about the light rules. Why would one put a tricolor masthead light on a sailboat and still needs the additional bow lights and stern light in conjunction with the white steaming light half way up the mast? Would tricolor at top + steaming light half way up not be enough?
Reading the regulations about the 1 meter rule for the white light to be above
the red and green, makes me believe the tricolor top-light doesn't make too much sense and is a waste of money and a effort.
I thought to replace the stern light and the bow-lights with a mast top tricolor would be an elegant solution but it seems it is not.
I.m.h.o. the mast top mounted tricolor is an improvement for visibility, even in coastal waters. How close needs a vessel to be if one doesn't see the mast top light, unobstructed from anything?
Sailboats don't just appear and the mast top light announces another sailboat more effectively than stern and bow lights fairly close to the waterline. With higher seas and a rolling vessel the view to these would be partially obstructed.