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Just to clarify, I only use my spotlight when I'm trying to pick out a pretty distant buoy/mark, to ID a hazard, or to light up my sails if I think a commercial vessel needs to see me. For ANYTHING on the boat I use a small LED flashlight, which actually works pretty well for highlighting the reflective tape/paint of buoys and marks at close range.
A high-powered light, such as the 2M c.p. (or so it says) one I have, will destroy ones night vision if it reflects off anything close by. It does really get the attention of other skippers if/when the need arises. However, one also has to be aware that it's a pretty blinding light if shined directly at anyone within 100-200 meters (and pretty annoying at quite a bit more distance than that).
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