Originally Posted by Ski in NC
So the only issue is that my masthead light is visible from astern. If it was blacked out aft to the correct degrees, combined with the stern light, that would be ok.
Or I could run with no stern light and keep the all-around masthead.
I think I will just keep things as is. Stern light and all around on the radar mast. I'd rather be seen than having that light partially blacked out aft.
If I get a ticket, so be it.
It would probably be pretty easy to just remove the bulb from the stern light...
We're slightly longer and need the separate stern light... so our mast light is on a two-way rocker switch; one way illuminates the masthead (steaming) light only, and the other way powers the all-round white (anchor) light. That would be a slightly less easy fix, but maybe not onerous.
FWIW, I don't think too much about the risk of ticket... more about what the report (USCG, insurance) would say about lighting after any sort of accident... no matter who's at fault... and no matter whether lights had anything to do with anything at all...
Our previous boat, bought new, under 12M, was delivered with lights configured as yours. The dealer network was surprised when I insisted they fix it... but they did it.