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Old 21 April 2010, 15:37   #11
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would one all round white mounted on a pole suffice
Nope. And having the right lights is pretty important when it comes to collision avoidance in poor visibility, it is well worth getting the other two colours on yer tree.
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Old 22 April 2010, 05:06   #12
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I thought it was if your boat was under 12m then a white only was fine?
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Old 22 April 2010, 12:27   #13
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just as a matter of intrest the clip shows a D class in poor light conditions with both p/s nav lights on and a big difference it makes to having just an all around light.
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Thanks all.

I guess I'll look round for a tricolour single light and then figure out how to mount it on a light pole as I can't afford to fit an A frame.

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Thanks all.

I guess I'll look round for a tricolour single light and then figure out how to mount it on a light pole as I can't afford to fit an A frame.

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Ian - your really supposed to have an all round white with separate coloured lights (ideally 1m lower) rather than a tricolour single light - which you would find on a yacht. I've got an all round white on a pole, and then coloured lights on the side of the console. You can combine the coloured lights.
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you could mount them on a single pole but as polwart said whatever you do the white needs to be at least 1 mtr higher than the red/green,,,,if you look at the pic below i had a combined red/green bi light on one of my boats with a white above ,,best though if you can switch the navs off and just have the white one lit for when/if at anchor ,,,and no its not jack cousteu in the pic ,,
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and no its not jack cousteu in the pic ,,
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...the helmsman can use his lifejacket light fixed to the velcro strip on top of his helmet if needed at night .
So if we all wear this, with a red light on our left elbow and a green light on our right elbow we should be OK? As long as a) we're going forwards, b) we're taller than average* and c) we know our elbows from our donkeys. Or something.

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I guess I'll look round for a tricolour single light
Unfortunately they are only legal for yachts (well, sailing vessels to be strictly accurate!)

Light on a pole insn't too difficult. Easiest options are - buy one off the shelf, or I have used an alu aeriel pole, built a small wooden "plug" adaptor & screwed a deck mount ARW to it. Plan C is you get a "pole mount" off the shelf & bang it straight onto a length of Alu pole(as sold by every TV aeriel supplier in the country).

As for the anchor light idea, I've got two cables going to the Frame - one for the R/Gs and one for the ARW, Used a DPDT centre off switch, One set of contacts, both "on" terminals connected to the white, the other side only one to the R/G. One switch, two functions - means that if at anchor or on Aux (no charging capacity) I can run at 1/3 the power consumption of normal, and also means you can't get the sidelights without the white, which would be illegal on all counts.
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