It is interesting how this process is carried out. One of the goals is to normalize the International and the Inland Rules. But how do they pick other things?
Your comment about strobes in particular caught my attention. There is no provision for white strobe lights in the International Rules, the Inland Rules state that they are a distress symbol (note this, all you ICWers who run their strobes all night in an anchorage MAYDAY MAYDAY!)
One of my complaints about the rules is the anchor light rule. As anyone who has come into an anchorage at night with many bright lights on shore knows, picking out the sailboats from the stars and background lights can be very difficult. I would have liked to have seen something to make these boats more visible.
A second complaint is about the color blue. In the US in most jurisdictions blue lights are illegal for all but law enforcement. (Tell that to the thousands of boaters with blue accent lights on their boats.) Yet blue is the one major color that is unique. Red, Yellow and Green are prevalent on shore. I have navigated more than once to a red or green light that changed color since I mistook a shore based traffic light for a aid to navigation! I would love to see blue strobes at about eye level as the standard for anchor lights.
As a sailboat person the power required to run lights at night is always a concern. But with the advent of cheap LED lights it is now possible to light up more of our boats and become more visible using less power than one halogen anchor light used in the past.
A bit off topic I admit, but I was unwilling to read 200+ pages to figure out how the front end of the process works.
Fair wind and following seas