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Re: Masthead tricolors
how is it any different then a big power boat under 12 meters with a all round white light on the top of it's 30 foot high mast and red and green 20 feet above the water. the same as the power boat in the picture on the lower right in post #29
power boats under 12 meters are required to have the all round white light
I think the COLREGS rule writers just would not consider the likelihood someone would want to put a stern light 60 or 70 feet above the stern. Hey, I mean who would think of such a choice...they cant forbid every bad idea. The context for such a choice is to consider that as best I know every sailboat builder locates the 'masthead' light somewhere around the middle of the mast, not at the top.
A regulatory agent may not, or may as I can't say either way, choose to call a stern light located at the top of a sailboat illegal, but I would expect any jury would...
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Last edited by sailingfool; 03-08-2019 at 08:29 AM.