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The purpose of the lighting section of the rules is to convey information for other vessels to determine what type of vessel you are and thus what are the appropriate actions to take to comply with the rules and avoid collision.

Sailing in a major sailing event down the west coast of Baja a few years back I notice many sail boats with sails up, motor on and deck lights, steaming lights, tri-color and anchor light all a-blaze! The possibility for confusion was endless. You could see red over red meaning vessel not undercomand, or green over green meaning trawling at night or white over white which I can't even remember what that could mean. If the deck and steaming light would have been lit then all would know that even though the main was up, she was under power and to be treated as such and hopefully would act as such.

In discussing this with some of those guilty and the general response was that "I don't care what I look like, I just want to be seen".

So how do we classify this attitude on the clueless scale?
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Unfit to sail fi you ask me. While I can't honestly say what the right lights would be to show in a given situation I can say that if I would find out prior to being in that situation.

It doesn't do any good to devise a standardized system if people don't follow the standards.
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