Originally Posted by walruz
Ok so if I am reading all things right I need a red/ green combined plus an all round white at least 1 mtr higher to be fully legal. At this point to be honest as I will MAYBE use it once or at most twice a year I start to question whether to just go ahead and play dumb if stopped
. I know this is VERY controversial but all that cost for something I might NEVER use. I'm starting to think just don't bother going out in the night which I haven't yet.
Well I can almost guarantee nobody will stop you - the only time anyone will have anything to say about it will be following an accident and you might well not be here to listen to the "I told you so's" and "that's illegal" and the insurers pointing out the clause which they think means you were negligent and so not covered etc.
I fall into the same camp as you in that I very rarely go out at night, and have a very small boat. But I fitted nav lights because:
1. I'm not that experienced at night so I want anyone else to have maximum chance of avoiding me, as I might miss them.
2. I've been out on grey horrible days with pissing rain, and lights help to make me more visible.
3. I've been out in winter worrying about the short days and getting back for dusk.
4. If I breakdown then anything I can do to make myself more visible to 'help' is a good thing. Yes I have a torch but its "directional" I'd need to know where they were coming from.