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Old 06-27-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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I notified the USCG (as a senior officer myself) about improper navlights as far back as 20 years ago. Maybe 10-15 years ago the USCG put out a safety bulletin that proclaimed a huge number of boat manufacturers were installing navlights incorrectly and that the skipper was responsible if anything bad happened.

Even builders like Ranger tugs can't even get their navlight shadow boards correct. They paint them red and green where the Navrules require a flat black finish.

Boatbuilders are usually pretty clueless about a lot of regs. They may get a lot right...but as the skipper you are betting your life/rep/money that they got them all correct...which they probably didn't.
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