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Old 10-16-2018, 03:43 PM   #11
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It is simply common sense: Why would you have red/green lights on the bow of a boat and have it totally invisible (in the dark) from behind?
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I agree with all of you. They were just dang wrong.
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I agree with all of you. They were just dang wrong.
A stern light is not the same as a mast light or 360 light.

A stern light is only visible from when viewing the boat from behind.

A mast, or 360 light, is visible from all sides (hence the name 360 light!)

The mast light, or 360 light, does NOT have to be attached to the stern. It can be on the center console, or on top of the t-top, or whatever - it just hast to be visible from any angle.
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It is simply common sense: Why would you have red/green lights on the bow of a boat and have it totally invisible (in the dark) from behind?



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oh, oh Mr Kotter, so you will know which way it's going?
You missed my point. I understand why the red/green. My point was, why would you have lights visible from the side and front, but be totally blacked out from behind? Running up behind a slow moving boat at night, that does not have a stern (or all-around) light, is a good way for someone to get hurt.
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You missed my point. I understand why the red/green. My point was, why would you have lights visible from the side and front, but be totally blacked out from behind? Running up behind a slow moving boat at night, that does not have a stern (or all-around) light, is a good way for someone to get hurt.
A "stern" light is NOT a 360/Mast light.

They are two totally different lights.
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A "stern" light is NOT a 360/Mast light.

They are two totally different lights.
Yes, they are different lights BUT they are both white and both can be seen from behind. The point I was trying to make is that it is a very good idea (and legally required) that you have a white light that is visible from behind, so that an overtaking vessel does not run up your a#&.


Anyone that is going to run their boat in the dark should at least know which lights to turn on!
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A stern light is not the same as a mast light or 360 light.

A stern light is only visible from when viewing the boat from behind.

A mast, or 360 light, is visible from all sides (hence the name 360 light!)

The mast light, or 360 light, does NOT have to be attached to the stern. It can be on the center console, or on top of the t-top, or whatever - it just hast to be visible from any angle.
On a powerboat you have to have a white light visible all the way around. Under a specific length, I think 39 ft, that MAY be accomplished with a single fixture. On a sailboat, the white light only has to be visible from the stern while under sail but all around under power. Thus they have a "steaming light" that fills in the arc the stern light doesn't.


At anchor, both power and sail show only an all around white light. On typical CC fishing boats, the same light is used for both functions. Of course, both power and sail have to have the red/green sidelights underway.
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A stern light is not the same as a mast light or 360 light.

A stern light is only visible from when viewing the boat from behind.

A mast, or 360 light, is visible from all sides (hence the name 360 light!)

The mast light, or 360 light, does NOT have to be attached to the stern. It can be on the center console, or on top of the t-top, or whatever - it just hast to be visible from any angle.
Try, try again. A 360 light MAY be used instead of a mast light and a stern light on a small vessel, but a mast light covers 225 and a stern light covers 135, giving 360 degree coverage.

Basic seamanship.
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Well all of this is very informative but none of it really answers my question …. does a chem light zip-tied to the top of a stick that's duck-taped to your outboard cowling make ya legal in Texas? And how long does the stick have to be?
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