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Old 07 September 2011, 15:30   #1
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Nav Lights - No A Frame

Sorry if this has been covered before but My 4.5 Valiant has no A frame and I don't have room to put on on, can I put a tri light on a pole attached to the transom and would anyone now where I could get one from, failing that are there any other suggestions.

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We used to fit a single pole with a wing to some of the BWMs, Biff (on here)made them, they looked good and some were strong enough to tow from depending on spec.
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another on a smaller boat....
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Channnel Ribs on here made me a transom pole for a VHF aerial as i have no A Frame either. I'm sure you could find some work around for the lights on this.

Edit - Make sure you have the right distances between lights as stated by Polwart.
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A tricolour isn't appropriate. You are supposed to have an all round white light with the two coloured (port / starboard) lights 1m below them. These can sometimes be mounted on the console. The white can then be on a pole (console, seat back or on transom). I have mine on a removable pole on the console.
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Sorry if this has been covered before but My 4.5 Valiant has no A frame and I don't have room to put on on, can I put a tri light on a pole attached to the transom and would anyone now where I could get one from, failing that are there any other suggestions.

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No you can't put a tri-light on a pole or mast. Not unless you are a sailboat. On a power boat the red and green sidelights are supposed to be in front of and 1m below the all-around white light. (assuming you are <12m in length overall)
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Poles look great, I'll pop into see the guy who makes the guard rails at Chichester next time I'm there.

When I said tri I meant an all round white, red and green rather than just a stern light, I know the book says a meter but I often see them closer, though I think it would be neater to have the colours on the console and just the white on a pole.
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I did this and bought the bits from seascrew.com.

Amazing choice of stainless bits
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When I said tri I meant an all round white, red and green rather than just a stern light, I know the book says a meter but I often see them closer, though I think it would be neater to have the colours on the console and just the white on a pole.
You cannot use a masthead (or pole) tricolored light on a power vessel. Only sailing vessels <20m in length may use such a light and only while actually under sail. See Colregs rule #25.

So yes, the white should be on a pole and the colored on the sides of the console or mounted on a bracket on the bow. See rule #23

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Just make sure if you put them on the console that the upturn of the bow doesn't block the sight lines.

Other possible issue with all three on a pole at the stern - is that YOU don't block the sight line....... which brings us back to Pol's pole on the console.
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