Tri-color Steaming masthead light as only nav light?
So that's the thread that brought me to SailNet.
Not that we have the scratch for fancy mast top LEDs but our deck flood was falling apart.
For the life of me i couldn't find one that wasn't combined with a steaming light ...... which Ripple
doesn't have. Well actually she does but we'll get to that in a minute.
All the Commodore ever said is that we should at least have one of the mast lights lit when under power. At the time that wasn't a bad way to put it since it was a crap shoot as to if ANY worked on a given night.
Being the kind of guy who would pull over and immediately replace one in his car, that was fixed for sure next time we stepped. Not surprising, i don't think the commodore knows how to werk a butt connector let alone solder.
Masthead VS Steaming light.
As i read the ColRegs and how our vintage Hunter is set up they are literally one and the same. The light at the top of the mast is not 'all around' but wide angle facing forward. And unless i've replaced it, any electrical on this hole in the water is factory.
Since the bulb was replaced and the lens cleaned the last time we were stepped, it works reliably.
On later, less frugally built boats and probably for ease of bulb replacement, they were put in fixtures at the 1st spreaders. Also if you think about it, even an 'all around' placed directly on the mast there, facing forward would end up having about the same illumination arc.
As for our deck flood, it had only lost it's 'cap' exposing the top of the socket. After searching in vain for a copper pipe cap ~1 3/4" dia i settled on a tightly fitting plastic bottle cap secured with some duct tape. Popped the lens to clean off and called it fixed. Hey, it worked for a season fully exposed.
I do wonder if anyone with an older boat also has this setup, or was it a Hunter thing. We also have the annoying bow red/green setup, where the wiring shares the anchor locker.