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Old 12-30-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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Owner absent , Crew Meal

Cant find my Chapmans and am installing a new deck lamp mount on LUCY.

Have a fine antique 2 headed spreader lamp , one white one blue globe.

This was used to signal, Owner absent , Crew at Meal. in the good old days.

I assume it would be mounted on the Stbd. spreader , but want someone to check if they can.

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Old 12-30-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:42 AM   #3
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Hi,
Having been a paid crew on a Marblehead yacht in the late 50's, I remember that owner absent/guest aboard flags and owner eating flags were flown from the starboard spreader, so the lights (blue guest aboard and white owner eating) would also be on the starboard spreader. Crew flags were flown on the port foremast spreader and crew eating was a red flag. The same dichotomy applied to boarding - owners and guests boarded from the starboard side, crew from the port. As I was the only crew on our vessel, morning colors involved running the yacht club burgee and owners pennant up stopped with rotten twine, raising the ensign aft at the sound of the yacht club cannon, and then breaking out the masthead flags, yacht club burgee first, with a tug of the halyard. As my boss was the commodore of the Boston Yacht Club, when we were on the yacht club cruise, I did colors a bit before 0800 and discharged the signal cannon at 0800 for the rest of the fleet. We visited Marblehead last spring on the way home from the Bahamas, and morning colors are still observed, although there is no longer the row of magnificent yachts down the center of the harbor with the paid crews from Norway and Deer Isle, Maine who taught me all this. Too bad none of this applies now, it still bothers me when I see a boat running with the ensign at the bow staff or some other abberation.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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We fly our yacht club burgee on the bow but on a race day I put our racing association flag on the port bow rail. I know it's an aberration but it beats climbing up on the sun deck roof on a cold morning.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:38 PM   #5
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FF,

Strathbelle has her blue/white on the underside of the starboard spreader with the white outboard and the blue inboard. I have seen the blue outboard and white inboard on other boats, I do not know which is correct or if it matters. But starboard side is definitely correct.

I plan to someday use my lights even if only I know what they mean.

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Flag etiquette is like table manners, some folks have them, some do not.
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I thought the only boat that can display a blue light is Emergency response or the police.

Am I wrong?

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Old 12-31-2013, 12:10 PM   #9
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>I thought the only boat that can display a blue light is Emergency response or the police.<

Gads !!! Will cruisers be rowing over for me to solve domestic issues?

For their sake I hope not ,as I an not PC or interested in their personal problems ,
so the old ,cut the baby in half works for me!

Thanks for the help folks!
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I thought the only boat that can display a blue light is Emergency response or the police.

Am I wrong?

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Flashing blue...otherwise a whole coast full of boaters who have installed ble LEDs would be in a heap of trouble....
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