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What would you do, two

There are a number of boats in Tyrrel Bay that have their running lights (some masthead tricolors, some on the pulpit and stern) on at night, every night.
I assume this is on purpose because they have no functioning anchor light. It's not like they've forgotten about these lights after arriving after dark as these boats have been here weeks or more.
If your anchor light was not functioning and you had no little solar or other alternative dim light, would you MacGiver up a 12 volt white light and hang it over the cockpit or somewhere else sensible or would you use your running lights?

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Re: What would you do, two

We use one of these to light up the cockpit at night. Rechargeable using a usb and available at Walmart for under $20. On the medium, setting it will last over 10 hours and take two hours to recharge. My anchor light is presently burned out with no way for me to replace it on my own, so I use the LED 35w deck light as a substitute.

Speader lights are also a good alternative, much better than navigation lights which convey the wrong message.
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Re: What would you do, two

Sometimes I use the deck lights as well as an anchor light. Depends on how busy the water way is and where we drop anchor. On a river with evil barges I use both. Back in a cove just an anchor light. But when we anchor the running lights are off.

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If that were the best, worst option, I'd use the running lights. But it's not hard to "MacGiver" something that at least makes the boat visible, while not communicating confusing navigational messages.
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Additional information.... Tyrrel Bay is in Cariacou an island part of but north of Grenada. I don't think theres any form of marine shop there?

Certainly not a Walmart! Even the Supermarket is more Market and less Super.

I gerry rigged a coke bottle led to hang in the cockpit when my anchor like died. But if I didnt have that and nothing else usable on board (!!) then some light is better then none.

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Re: What would you do, two

Keeping running lights on is a no no if you’re not moving or intending to move shortly. Confuses the crap out of anyone trying to navigate near you. They’ll keep checking on you and wondering wtf.

Putting your spreaders lights on instead is a better option or a light in the cockpit as already suggested. Would also avoid putting on your boarding light if you can. With no moonlight could be mistaken for a stern light.

However in this particular situation it don’t matter a 1/2 bucket of warm spit. Nobody’s moving. No collision avoidance required.

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Re: What would you do, two

Funny, My observation is that, in some anchorages 25% to 33% of the boats have NOTHING. As I lay here in Dominica there is a very nice ketch just behind me, he is the boat furthest out in the anchorage. Black hull. He has been dark ever since he arrive about 2 weeks ago. In the lagoon at St Marrten seemed the worst.

Last year we came into Montserrat in the mid-afternoon. I anchored in front of another boat, good clearance. Early evening, full dark, I hear his anchor chain so I stick my head out and this guy is close, I mean like 15 feet. The bowman yells “You see that boat?” Helm yells “I do now.”

I have on BOTH my mast top anchor light AND a 2 mile rated anchor light hung up in the cockpit. I could have beaned the bowman with the cockpit light without unplugging it. Apparently they were asleep during the day when I anchored and awoke after dark and didn’t look for any other boats.

But the the previous night, same light set up, I had a catamaran hit us. “The wind, she take me.” was shouted back as I stuck my head up. French sailor, Dehaies. For those who have been there that says it all.

Last year in Dehaies some locals were insisting on sailing into their mooring in near gale conditions. They T-boned our friends dingy. Not one word of explanation or apology. The list goes on, and on, and on for a Dehaies.

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Re: What would you do, two

I also like the solar garden lights strapped to the life lines. They show the outline of the boat.
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Re: What would you do, two

In the OP question, the assumption is the anchor light is inoperative. If I had something to cobble together, I'd do it and either haul it up a halyard or place in the cockpit. Ironically, I don't think I do. I have a variety of flashlights and a lantern I don't think would be bright enough. I'd be more likely to shine those in the cockpit to illuminate under the bimini. If I did not have something I thought would be adequately visible, I'd default to deck, then nav lights.


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