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Having sailed extensively outside the US
I always use an anchor light in the fore traingle, which is required by international regulations.

How do US sailors get by with just a masthead light?

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According to COLREGS "(b) A vessel of less than 50 meters in length (at anchor) may exhibit an all-round white light where it can best be seen instead of the lights prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule."

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I prefer lower anchor lights, but knowing a single one will be blocked from some directions by mast and covered sails, I usually rig one on each shroud.
 

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i have seen the ineffectiveness of masthead lights personally.
i use a very bright led in a perko lantern into which i have installed led BRIGHT white light. the original was only visible for 3 miles.. now it has 5 mile visibility, placed in the foretriangle is visible to all, pangas and sailboats and powerboats.
i have witnessed how masthead lights blend in with the ambient hillside local house lighting and made mine better and more visible.
 

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Nothing like spreader up-lights to make it pretty clear what's up ahead. Now that they come in LED, the power is much more manageable.
 

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Record setting necrophiliac thread revival? Damn near 20 years. Let's see someone beat that. :)

I assume you mean, in addition to the all around anchor light at the top of the mast.
You can't go back much further, the oldest goes back to 2000 AD I believe..

 
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