All very good information.

I do have one question.

I have a 28' sailboat.

Many boats in my length have a steaming light/ deck light combo just above the spreaders.

Is this forward facing white light necessary when motoring?


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Motoring Lights
by: Michael

When motoring you should be displaying the red and green side lights plus white light that is visible from all around.

On a vessel of less than 12 Meters the white light can be a combination of the stern light and the 'steaming light' that you describe or an all-round White light that is higher than the side lights.

The (sectored) stern light can be at the same height as the side lights but the forward facing white light must be higher than the side lights for obvious reasons.

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