View Poll Results: Do you display an anchor ball when anchoring in the daytime?
Yes - rules are rules 12 18.18%
No - This rule is outdated. 23 34.85%
Depends. In certain circumstances I might 18 27.27%
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:18 PM   #1
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Anchor Ball Poll

When you anchor in the daytime, do you display an anchor ball?
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:52 PM   #2
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:55 PM   #3
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Yes, if for nothing else for liability. There are enough knuckle heads out there so why not when one is less than $20.
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:57 PM   #4
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Only if we are anchored in a place that gets a fair amount of through traffic. More as a mitigation of liability, as 95% of boaters, and probably 99.999% of reckless ones, know what it is for.
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
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In a crowed anchorage where people are coming and going a lot, yes. Otherwise no.
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Yes, takes so little effort. Why not.
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Another Anchoring thread in General.


Anchor balls can potentially get fouled in running gear when things get confused in slack wind and tide. At night someone could foul in the line entering/leaving the anchorage at night.


I don't use one.
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Greetings,
Mr. S. I think Mr. lf is referring to a black ball day signal you fly from your mast while anchored to let other boaters KNOW you're anchored and not drifting...


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Mr. S. I think Mr. lf is referring to a black ball day signal you fly from your mast while anchored to let other boaters KNOW you're anchored and not drifting...


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The only anchor ball I've seen displayed regularly is on the fuel barge often anchored in one of designated general anchorages of Carquinez Strait. The only time seen on a pleasure boat (probably professionally crewed) was when anchored in Gaten Lake (Panama Canal).








Designated general anchorages (leastwise in the U.S.) do not exempt one from anchor light or ball requirements. Only in designated special anchorages is there exemption.


Most all boats observed anchored are fishing, and they never display a day shape.
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:54 PM   #13
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I have been boating and anchoring out for 23 years and I don't believe I have ever seen an anchor ball. If I did it was only once or twice in that time.
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I have been boating and anchoring out for 23 years and I don't believe I have ever seen an anchor ball. If I did it was only once or twice in that time.
Lots of people in cars don't use turn signals either.
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I just keep two round dayshapes hoisted all the time.

Keeps everyone in the know on their toes.
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I believe the black anchor ball regulation is for vessels >50 metres in length. Vessels less than 50 metres only need display the anchor light at dusk to dawn. I could be convinced otherwise.


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I believe the black anchor ball regulation is for vessels >50 metres in length. Vessels less than 50 metres only need display the anchor light at dusk to dawn. I could be convinced otherwise.


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Not so JD. That refers to a second all-round light. Vessels under seven meters in length needn't display a day shape if not near a channel.

Rule 30 - Anchored Vessels and Vessels Aground

(a) A vessel at anchor shall exhibit where it can best be seen:
(i) in the fore part, an all-round white light or one ball;
(ii) at or near the stern and at a lower level than the light prescribed in Rule 30(a)(i), an all-round white light.
(b) A vessel of less than 50 meters in length may exhibit an all-round white light where it can best be seen instead of the lights prescribed in Rule 30(a).

(c) A vessel at anchor may, and a vessel of 100 meters and more in length shall, also use the available working or equivalent lights to illuminate her decks.

(d) A vessel aground shall exhibit the lights prescribed in Rule 30(a) or (b) and in addition, if practicable, where they can best be seen;
(i) two all-round red lights in a vertical line;
(ii) three balls in a vertical line.
(e) A vessel of less than 7 meters in length, when at anchor not in or near a narrow channel, fairway or where other vessels normally navigate, shall not be required to exhibit the shape prescribed in Rule 30(a) and (b).

(f) A vessel of less than 12 meters in length, when aground, shall not be required to exhibit the lights or shapes prescribed in Rule 30(d)(i) and (ii). ...
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Yes, Mark. I stand corrected. I interpreted it incorrectly. I thought it was an either or thing, but I now see that it depends on the time of day. Transport Canada, Chapter 9:

"Anchored Vessels
Vessels that are at anchor and are less than 50 metres long must exhibit, depending on the time of day and visibility, an all-round white light or one ball where it can best be seen (see Figure 9-7)."


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Old 04-24-2015, 08:27 PM   #20
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It is not practiced in Australia at all. However, displaying an all around white anchor light when anchored at night is obligatory, though not required if on a mooring as opposed to on anchor.
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