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There is no moon up currently. I just went out and looked around and even knowing where and what boats are anchored around me i can not see any. Sure I see their masthead anchor lights, but they look like stars or satellites to me and would pretty much do nothing to prevent anyone hitting them if i were motoring around here.

Meanwhile I have 2 approved anchor LED lights on at boom height level on that reflect off the boom, solar panels, and into the cockpit. Plus I have “dancing” LED rope lights on both sides of the life lines on both sides of the boat. My boat is visible from 2 miles away plus at 5-10/feet off the water if you looking “local”.

Listn people if you think your stupid masthead lght, which meets the rules, is any good in preventing someone running into you at night you are being foolish.

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Re: Masthead Anchor Lghts

You can use a "spreader/deck" light (LED) which illuminates your deck...
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Nothing in COLREGS about lights on a mast, only where it an best be seen.

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Re: Masthead Anchor Lghts

I'm in an anchorage with 40 or so masthead anchor lights, all of which I can see quite well. It's the idiots with strobes (distress signal according to the regs) and garden path LEDs (the multicolored ones are the worst) that are difficult to see.

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There is no moon up currently. I just went out and looked around and even knowing where and what boats are anchored around me i can not see any. Sure I see their masthead anchor lights, but they look like stars or satellites to me and would pretty much do nothing to prevent anyone hitting them if i were motoring around here.

Meanwhile I have 2 approved anchor LED lights on at boom height level on that reflect off the boom, solar panels, and into the cockpit. Plus I have “dancing” LED rope lights on both sides of the life lines on both sides of the boat. My boat is visible from 2 miles away plus at 5-10/feet off the water if you looking “local”.

Listn people if you think your stupid masthead lght, which meets the rules, is any good in preventing someone running into you at night you are being foolish.
We have our masthead anchor light on plus we hang an LED solar lantern from a Velcro strap at the top of the pedestal gaurd. It can light up the whole cockpit.
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I'm in an anchorage with 40 or so masthead anchor lights, all of which I can see quite well. It's the idiots with strobes (distress signal according to the regs) and garden path LEDs (the multicolored ones are the worst) that are difficult to see.
Thats great! But i am telling you I can not see a boat with only a masthead light on when i come into the anchorage at night with no moon. Yes i saw the light back before i got there, but that is of little use once i am in the anchorage.

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Re: Masthead Anchor Lghts

And then there are threads complaining about underwater lights, changing color lights in cockpits, non-regulation lights, and other highly visible markers. Even threads complaining about anchored boats leaving their AIS on.

Seems like everyone has their preferred, and ONLY acceptable, way of marking anchored boats.

We put a 48" rotating disco ball on the mast top and hit it with multicolor spot lights. Then we place high powered spotlights on each stanchion facing straight out around the boat. Each one continually rotates through a 30* arc so that they provide complete coverage. You will always see us. In fact, you will never be able to stop seeing us.

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Thats great! But i am telling you I can not see a boat with only a masthead light on when i come into the anchorage at night with no moon. Yes i saw the light back before i got there, but that is of little use once i am in the anchorage.
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you know what????

I have no desire to argue or debate the issue. I was making a pretty stand alone point of making sure people at water level can see your boat when they are within a close enough distance to you to avoid a collision. If that doesn't matter to you that is fine, but it may still matter a lot to the boat that is going to hit you.

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Re: Masthead Anchor Lghts

When at anchor outside of a designated anchorage I light my all around white light (now an LED!), at the top of the mast, and an LED anchor light that I hang from the backstay so that it illuminates the cockpit. It should be apparent that I am a sailboat to any approaching vessel. I am not a sound sleeper, so I usually wake up and poke my heat out of the cabin if I hear a motor approaching.


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