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Old 22 December 2006, 10:33   #1
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Amber Flashing light.

Has anyone fitted an amber flashing light to their A frame and if so which one.

Yes, I know you can only use them if your a Hovercraft, but I've always thought they could be a good safety aid both at sea and especially on the side of the motorway if you break down.
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Fitted one on an opponents Yacht once when we were racing with them one wekend in Cowes and we where all very drunk . Some of our crew picked up one of those road works flashing lights and hoisted up their mast. They got a bollocking from the Harbour master who thought the Ryde Hovercraft had lost its way .
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Has anyone fitted an amber flashing light to their A frame and if so which one.

Yes, I know you can only use them if your a Hovercraft, but I've always thought they could be a good safety aid both at sea and especially on the side of the motorway if you break down.
At the side of the motorway then your trailerboard already has two orange flashing lights on it. There are plenty of cheap laterns available for this sort of purpose that aren't fully water proof (etc as you would want when leaving on an a-frame). You can also leave them in the car for when you are not towing the boat. Also probably more effective placed well before the hazard than simply on the hazard (as should be the case with a warning triangle).

Don't see what advantage it offers at sea - it is simply going to add confusion, make it harder for people to see your nav lights. Close to shore (if you are not in an area where Air Cushioned Vehicles normally opperate, or fishering vessels) then I think they could get confused for shore lights.
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Don't see what advantage it offers at sea - it is simply going to add confusion, make it harder for people to see your nav lights.
Watching an episode of Seaside Rescue I noticed that India Juliet was having problems on one rescue identifying a boat from the many in the Solent. I thought then that if the boat had some sort of identifying beacon, ie yellow flashing light, it would have been so much easier for the helicopter crew. As it is seems like all small boats look very similar at a few hundred feet in the air.
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lots of yellow flashing lights on the Mersey at night- but all them hovercraft are actually fork lift trucks loading from the quayside
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Watching an episode of Seaside Rescue I noticed that India Juliet was having problems on one rescue identifying a boat from the many in the Solent. I thought then that if the boat had some sort of identifying beacon, ie yellow flashing light, it would have been so much easier for the helicopter crew. As it is seems like all small boats look very similar at a few hundred feet in the air.
She would need to know she was looking for the boat with the yellow flashing light. IMHO better to use a recognised International Distress Signal such as a orange smoke flare, handheld red flare etc. Other vessels will also recognise this too, and means even if you don't have good comms with the heli - you can make your position clear.
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Red Jet fast cat uses yellow flashing light when coming in alongside Cowes and Southampton .
Could be confusing to rescue services as said before.
Why not use flares if in trouble and want Rescue services to come to your aid ???
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I thought some high speed vessels like hovercraft used a white flashing strobe like aircraft???
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Over hear, Coasties and Police boats use blue strobes when they're on calls.

Oddly, so do snowplows!

Good thing boating is seasonal... otherwise we would have lines of cars driving into harbours during blizzards, thinking they're following snowplows!
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