Aft Running/navigation light

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Aft Running/navigation light

by Mary & Roger » Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:11 am

Has anyone thought about a nav light on the stern of the PDQ? When running after dark, I feel as if the anchor light should be on, so we can be seen from the
rear. Every other boat I have owned had a white running light.

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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by duetto » Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:28 pm

isn't that what the anchor light does double duty as?
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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by Mary & Roger » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:55 am

I guess it does, but it is a 360 degree light verses a 32 degree running light.

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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by Katlin » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:27 pm

I believe you are both right: that boats of less than 12 meters in length may show red and green sidelights (or a combined bow light) and an all-round white light in lieu of separate masthead and sternlights.

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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by Mary & Roger » Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:03 am

Thank you Mr. Sawyer, I was ready for someone to tell me I should park the boat!!! :D

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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by Bargain Bill » Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:08 pm

Mr. Sawyer is correct. The reason for the rule is that the 360 visibility of the anchor light does not cause serious confusion..
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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by LastCat » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:50 pm

if your boat is a later model with the combined bench davit arch there is a plate already there for a stern light . the starboard aft support leg has an access hole in the bottom of it to run wire, so you call install one if you like.i added a l e d stern light in that spot.ed lastcat mv115
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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by deising » Wed May 08, 2019 9:03 am

This a very old thread, but since I found it trying for anchor light replacement tips...

The 360 degree white light on boats less than 12 meters is a replacement for the standard 225 degree forward white light (which matches the arc of the red/green side lights) and a separate 135 degree white stern light.

If you install a separate white stern light, you must install a separate forward white "steaming" light to be illuminated at the same time. If you illuminate the stern light without the forward light, that is in violation of the regs. If you illuminate the stern light and the factory-supplied all-around white light, that is also very confusing and in violation.
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Re: Aft Running/navigation light

by Gusto » Wed May 15, 2019 5:48 pm

Duane is right. Rule 23 of the C.G. Navigation Rules states that a boat under 12 meters can display a 360 degree white light plus the red and green lights.

I think the problem stems from the confusion caused by the way that the light switches are labeled. Instead of "Navigation Lights" and "Anchor Light", they should have been labeled "Red/green Side Lights" and "360 degree White Light". No confusion here. Both on for night time running and only the white light on when we are anchored.

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