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Doing 35 knots at nighttime is presumptive negligence, IMO. No excuse for it, no matter how much artificial light you or others have. What if you hit a log at that speed?
Does anyone make solar powered Red/Green and white light kits I can put on logs as I see them... Just to be safe.
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

I thought you needed a flashlight when using a row boat at night.

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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Coupla strings of LED rope lights, and make people wonder how the tiny cruise liner got in so close?
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I realize that while we all have differences of opinion about what is a safety priority, we're all on sailnet because we care to take the time to discuss how to improve. I think dinghy lights are a low priority, but I'm in a different location so alot of you seem to be in Maryland. Maybe it's more crowded and rowdy there and they are more important.

I've got oars anyways. I don't have to legally have a light.
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

The less maneuverable rowing dinghy, which would be more difficult to move out of the way, requires less lighting.

Regulations are not synonymous with safety.


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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

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The less maneuverable rowing dinghy, which would be more difficult to move out of the way, requires less lighting.

Regulations are not synonymous with safety.
It's dangerous to advocate not following regulations which all others do. Regulations standardize how we operate our boats, so we can predict others reactions and provide conformity so we are all on the same page. Imagine if some decided to install green lights on the starboard and red on the port, some decided to run dark and others decided to run according to the regulations.

It really is a safety issue. Someone who refuses to follow regulations makes it unsafe for the rest of us. If you don't agree with the regulation lobby to change it.


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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

Good old fashioned common sense surely comes into it, albeit not in a legal sense.

Personally I think its simply silly to motor at speed, no matter what size of craft, without lights. Equally so to row across a channel unlit. Nevertheless rowing or motoring slowly from shore through a field of anchored or moored boats doesn't seem to pose a major risk presuming you have a light handy in case of the unexpected.
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...Imagine if some decided to install green lights on the starboard and red on the port...and others decided to run according to the regulations...
Dave - You better go check your lights!!! All the rest of us ACTUALLY DO have green on starboard and red on port.
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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?

By the way, there is a good reason why red is on port, and it's how I remember which side is which.

Two boats under power approach each other at a 90 degree angle. If you're on one of these boats and you see the one to your starboard, he is the stand-on vessel and you give way. At night, you would see this vessel's red light (red means stop), and you would know it's approaching you by the relative position of the red and white lights. In order for you to see his red light, it has to be on his port side.


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