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Old 03-08-2011, 04:43 AM   #1
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Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

My winter project was to replace the flat PH roof with a better looking cambered roof.

Now its time for the goodies , vents antennas , spot light Air cond (RV) etc.

I have the space to mount " owner absent or crew at meals" lights

BUT

do you think any of todays boaters would know what they mean?

I hate to knock a hole and run wiring for nothing.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:47 AM   #2
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No.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:18 AM   #3
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I certainly would not know.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:12 AM   #4
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:44 AM   #6
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Thanks.* The river pilot shot the photo*a couple weeks ago as we were crossing the bar coming into Bahia de Sol.* You can come in once per day at high slack.* They are on a bit of a budget, the pilots ride*a jet ski.*

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Old 03-08-2011, 08:29 AM   #7
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

No.* Even if I did, I would not wnat to signal/show we are asbsent/not on the boat.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:46 AM   #8
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

You should, if you have the room on your Starboard yardarm.
It doesn't matter that most who see the lights, either lit or dark, will have no clue what they signify. What matters is that you know, and use the lights appropriately.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:25 AM   #9
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

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My winter project was to replace the flat PH roof with a better looking cambered roof.

Now its time for the goodies , vents antennas , spot light Air cond (RV) etc.

I have the space to mount " owner absent or crew at meals" lights

BUT

do you think any of todays boaters would know what they mean?

I hate to knock a hole and run wiring for nothing.
Hi FF...I wouldn't know what the lights would mean, to answer your question. However, I would be interested to know what the lights look like, and in today's world, what would be the purpose? Is this to signify, for example, that while at anchor no-one is available to deal with anything untoward? (In that context, there would be a huge difference between being absent and having a meal.)Interesting concept.

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Old 03-08-2011, 12:15 PM   #10
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

Owner absent, crew at meals? sounds like a Jimmy Bufftet song
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:27 PM   #11
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

Surely it couldn't just be that FF was making a light hearted comment? On the lines of "where does one display the Court Martial flag?
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:38 PM   #12
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

FF: *I think it's great to have someone on the forum that at least can tell us what the lights originally meant, but I'm even more interested in your pilothouse roof change. *Your Avitar looks entirely appropriate, although I'm by no means a purest. *Was the extra camber for function....better drainage, etc.? *

I can't deny that there is a charm about keeping the tradition of those lights, and being able to tell others their significance. *It is, after all, nautical tradition, and much the character of your superb vessel.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:32 AM   #13
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Guess I will sell it to a museum , as no one reads Chapmans any more.
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My Chapmans is not with me at the moment.* Please put me out of my misery and tell me about the subject lights.* What are they?* What do they look like?* Any other lights like these?* My curiosity is killing me!
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:21 AM   #15
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Guess I will sell it to a museum , as no one reads Chapmans any more.
I'm guess the only three that you need.* Put them on the yardarm and be done.

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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

As I recall, those lights were/are used on fully crewed Yachts. The lights inform the other Yachties that "the owner is not aboard so don't come to visit the owner now", or that "the crew is eating now, so they will not be available to greet/assist with boarding/serve drinks/etc.". Large Yachts are often in charter service when the owner is not using his Yacht, so the "owner absent light" also tells people that. It is also common for the crew to move/transit the Yacht without the owner present, as in "Captain, take the Yacht to Sitka, AK, I will jet in on my Gulfstream later".

We should all be so rich as to need those lights! LOL
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:22 AM   #17
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

For those interested in what one looks like, here's a Perko light -- only $300!*
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</a>http://shop.catalinaowners.com/prod....d+Absent+Light


I have NO idea why it's on a Catalina sailboat site!
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For those interested in what one looks like, here's a Perko light -- only $300!*
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I have NO idea why it's on a Catalina sailboat site!
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:17 PM   #19
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Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

I understood that blue lights were verboten except for law enforcement vessels, or is that just flashing blue?

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Old 03-09-2011, 09:59 PM   #20
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RE: Owner Absent ... Crew at Meals lights?

Now that I know what they look like, I undertand what the blue light was on a large yacht anchored in Grace Harbour one night last summer. All I know is that the folks sure liked to party! Almost as though they were on someone else's boat.
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