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Old 07-18-2020, 01:36 PM   #1
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Anchor ball displayed

When it comes to power boats, I really haven't seen that many anchors balls displayed during the day, per the Coast Guard (American) information:

"At night an all-round white light is required, and during the day, a spherical “anchor-ball” suspended from the rigging (to create a circular silhouette). Both should be sized according to the regulations for your vessel."

Do you display one when at anchor? I just grabbed this random pic of boats at anchor in Desolation, see any anchor balls?

https://sailingsamadhi.files.wordpre...069053521..jpg
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Old 07-18-2020, 01:45 PM   #2
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MUST DO when in the Netherlands, otherwise you will be fined in short order. While this rule exists in other European countries, none I have encounteted are as strict about enforcing it as NL... even for power boats. I have a folding version to hang from the bow rail, when I must.
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Old 07-18-2020, 02:42 PM   #3
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On rare occasions I've seen powerboats displaying anchor balls, but never on sailboats.
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Old 07-18-2020, 02:48 PM   #4
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Yes...not doing it is one of those "I got ya" moments in maritime court.

Even though it makes no sense to many boaters, and they have no clue what it is...failure to do so can get you more apportioned blame in an incident.
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Old 07-18-2020, 03:43 PM   #5
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Greetings,


For a sub 60' vessel, what is the necessary size please?
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Old 07-18-2020, 03:54 PM   #6
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We display it systematically although here in Thailand almost no one knows what it is for!!!! However White light at night is widely used here.



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When it comes to power boats, I really haven't seen that many anchors balls displayed during the day, per the Coast Guard (American) information:

"At night an all-round white light is required, and during the day, a spherical ďanchor-ballĒ suspended from the rigging (to create a circular silhouette). Both should be sized according to the regulations for your vessel."

Do you display one when at anchor? I just grabbed this random pic of boats at anchor in Desolation, see any anchor balls?

https://sailingsamadhi.files.wordpre...069053521..jpg
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Old 07-18-2020, 03:56 PM   #7
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From the Annex 1

(a) Shapes shall be black and of the following sizes:

(i) A ball shall have a diameter of not less than 0.6 meter;
(ii) a cone shall have a base diameter of not less than 0.6 meter‹s› and a height equal to its diameter;
‹ (iii) a cylinder shall have a diameter of at least 0.6 meter and a height of twice its diameter; ‹
(iv)ǂ(iii) a diamond shape shall consist of two cones as defined in ß(a)(ii) having a common base.

(b) The vertical distance between shapes shall be at least 1.5 meter‹s›.

(c) In a vessel of less than 20 meters in length shapes of lesser dimensions but commensurate with the size of the vessel may be used and the distance apart may be correspondingly reduced.
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Old 07-18-2020, 04:19 PM   #8
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I have never seen one in NE. I would not anchor at night without anchor light.
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Old 07-18-2020, 05:11 PM   #9
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Oh great...a thread where everyone compares and argues about who's got the best anchor balls.
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It is the requirement so why not. I have one that is like the folding radar reflectors so it stores flat and comes out when we are anchored.
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Old 07-18-2020, 05:27 PM   #11
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It NJ isn't the northeast, then I cant say how prevalent from NY north.

But you see them occasionally between NJ to Florida.

Some of the real long distance cruisers I know use them.....but true...not many boaters in general do. Of course, I prefer not to act like the "general" boater.
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It's a requirement, but I've never heard of it being enforced. I'd say I almost never see it on a recreational boat, and almost always see it on a professionally crewed boat.
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If you donít display one it is just an excuse for LE to stop and board your boat. I think that mine cost about $10.
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Yes...not doing it is one of those "I got ya" moments in maritime court.

Even though it makes no sense to many boaters, and they have no clue what it is...failure to do so can get you more apportioned blame in an incident.
^this! Also, after the judge rules, your insurance will rise or be canceled.
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^this! Also, after the judge rules, your insurance will rise or be canceled.
So where is it on your avatar?
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I hang a black ball at anchor on the Great lakes, and display the light at night.

I have actually had a fellow boater come up to me while at anchor with the ball displayed. He wanted to assist if I needed help, he had never seen a ball before, thought it was some kind of distress signal or quarantine or something..

Whatever.. Wisconsin nice.

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I agree that most people donít know what it means, but that doesnít remove the owners responsibility to properly display what is called for in the nav rules. Same thing about sound signals. When I sound the horn most people just wave because they donít have a clue what it means. But when I feel it is necessary I sound the proper sound signal, and get a wave back instead of the proper reply sound signal. If there is a collision as least when it goes to court it will weigh heavily in my favor.
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US EXCEPTIONS: If your vessel is less than 23 feet (7 meters) in length, it
is not required to display an anchor light or shape unless it is anchored in or near a narrow channel, fairway, or anchorage, or where other vessels normally navigate.

CA EXCEPTIONS: Notwithstanding this Rule, in the Canadian waters of a roadstead, harbour, river, lake or inland waterway, a barge or an inconspicuous, partly submerged vessel or object, when at anchor, is not required to exhibit any light while located within a recognized mooring, storage or booming area that is not an area in or near a narrow channel or fairway or where other vessels normally navigate.
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US EXCEPTIONS: If your vessel is less than 23 feet (7 meters) in length, it
is not required to display an anchor light or shape unless it is anchored in or near a narrow channel, fairway, or anchorage, or where other vessels normally navigate.

CA EXCEPTIONS: Notwithstanding this Rule, in the Canadian waters of a roadstead, harbour, river, lake or inland waterway, a barge or an inconspicuous, partly submerged vessel or object, when at anchor, is not required to exhibit any light while located within a recognized mooring, storage or booming area that is not an area in or near a narrow channel or fairway or where other vessels normally navigate.
OK, how many here have vessels less than 23í?
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OK, how many here have vessels less than 23’?
OK how many on here display a shape every time when day anchored?

Be honest, not puffing your chest out saying you know the rules and follow them and the rest of you are fools for not doing so.

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