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Old 03-23-2019, 12:40 AM   #41
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I'm really flabbergasted by all the confusion!

We are all REQUIRED to carry a copy of the rules aboard.

We are obliged to have read and understand them, too.

The description of what lights are required, as linked above, is really straightforward. There are simple, pretty pictures, too!

The attitude that any boat owner doesn't feel obliged to comply with the rules is equivalent to shouting a big F### YOU to every other vessel out there.
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Old 03-23-2019, 01:10 AM   #42
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Actually only boats over 12 meters or 39.4’ are required to carry a copy of the Nav Rules. But everyone is responsible to follow the rules.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:03 AM   #43
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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.

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Old 03-23-2019, 08:04 AM   #44
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These navigation lights always got my full attention.
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Old 03-23-2019, 11:45 AM   #45
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As I remember, boats over a certin length (most here on this forum) are required to have the COLREGs aboard. There was a move afoat to allow them in electronic forn vice paper, but I am not up to date on that.
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Yes, you can have the Nav Rules in an electronic format in a smartphone or tablet.
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