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Lighting up a vessel at night and blinding them is illegal. One might have to look up the various definitions of "embarrass". I know I did

Rule 36 - Signals to Attraction Attention

If necessary to attract the attention of another vessel, any vessel may make light or sound signals that cannot be mistaken for any signal authorized elsewhere in these Rules, or may direct the beam of her searchlight in the direction of the danger, in such a way as not to embarrass any vessel. Any light to attract the attention of another vessel shall be such that it cannot be mistaken for any aid to navigation. For the purpose of this Rule the use of high intensity intermittent or revolving lights, such as strobe lights, shall be avoided. [Intl]

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I wanted less light for BETTER vision, not those fsking "docking lights". Speaking of which, I have never - not ever - not in 4 different countries - sail or power - ever ONCE needed a light to approach a pier at night. Docking lights my a##
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Yup, I couldn't agree more...

However, I have on occasion found it nice to have a bit of light available on a final approach to an unlit slip or pier... For such a purpose, I find a good foredeck light can be far more useful than anything else...

I have the large Series 40 Aqua Signal steaming/foredeck light on my boat, and love it. It's well worth the extra illumination, yet creates little loss of night vision as it's mounted forward of the mast... In a pinch, regular spreader lights can help a bit, but you'd better be wearing a baseball cap, and sometimes simply light up the boat too much, or make it impossible to see thru a dodger, etc...

Which brings me to my biggest gripe of all - namely, freakin' dodger and cockpit canvas creations that are virtually impossible to see over the top of... Amazing, how commonplace this setup is becoming on the boats I've been running lately, and how much it can degrade your visibility at night, or in thick weather... Having a dodger that one ALWAYS has to peer through from the helm is a recipe for disaster, how people live with some of these concoctions is completely beyond me, one can only presume they simply never sail after dark, or when it rains :-)



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My dodger lines right up at eye level. I can sit and look under or stand and look over

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My dodger lines right up at eye level. I can sit and look under or stand and look over
Right where it should be, then :-)

I realize many of the boats I get on are configured for the proportions of the owner, of course... Still, I'm 6"5", and it's amazing how many dodgers I still cannot see over the top...

That's what folks need their autopilot remotes for, I suppose... :-)
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Re: WTH is up w/ the spotlight?

Sometimes, spotlighters don't need any help with ruing their night vision. More than one i know has blinded himself by forgetting the proper order of spotlight operation.



Turn it around THEN turn it on... not vice versa.

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And something that folks don't always realize is having a really bright light on creates shadows that make it HARDER to see what might be lurking. Best light is dim ambient light that seeps into the shadows so you can sorta see.
Going into Lunenberg at night when the tide was out it was BLACK down below dock level. I mean you couldn't see spit! Very disconcerting. Fortunately it was not my boat and I was not the skipper.

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Lighting up a vessel at night and blinding them is illegal. One might have to look up the various definitions of "embarrass". I know I did

Rule 36 - Signals to Attraction Attention

If necessary to attract the attention of another vessel, any vessel may make light or sound signals that cannot be mistaken for any signal authorized elsewhere in these Rules, or may direct the beam of her searchlight in the direction of the danger, in such a way as not to embarrass any vessel. Any light to attract the attention of another vessel shall be such that it cannot be mistaken for any aid to navigation. For the purpose of this Rule the use of high intensity intermittent or revolving lights, such as strobe lights, shall be avoided. [Intl]
And what if the danger is another boat spotlighting you? You certainly can't perform effectively when steadily blasted by light. If it is of long enough duration that it's starting to affect your safety, I say by all means spotlight the danger.

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