Originally Posted by cmac321
He was claiming I did not have an anchor light. I immediately went out to fix the anchor light and to my surprise the anchor light was actually working. The light is a solar powered light and it can be seen in the boat picture at the top of the mast.
While I agree 100% that this is simply bullying, I see a few potential problems if you go to fight this:
You will need to prove
your "solar light" meets the very stringent rules for navigation lights. If it is not a USCG "certifed" or ABYC A-16 certifed navigation light, one that is tested for COLREGS compliance, there is a very high chance it does not meet the navigation lights requirements and would be disqualified as an anchor light. The fact that it could not be seen easily may not way in your favor.
Rule 20 Application: (e) The lights and shapes specified in these Rules shall comply with the provisions of Annex I [to these Regulations | of these Rules]
Annex I is in the CFR Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 84) and spells out very clearly what it means to have a legally compliant navigation light. It must meet color, intensity, horizontal and vertical compliance sectors. Imanna Labs, one of the independet USCG/ABYC A-16 testing authorities, fails "navigation lights
" fairly regularly and these are from companies who actually believe they have built a light that they believe complies enough to pay to have it tested.
Unless you are technically anchored in a designated "§ 109.10 Special anchorage area" then an anchor light would technically
be required. While this is often not enforced, especially in local mooring fields, if a legal authority wanted to push they issue they usually have the law on their side to do so. On the other side of that, if where you anchored is designated a special anchorage
you are not required to show an anchor light at all so the case could just be thrown out. There are not a ton of defined special anchorages but do look into it.