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Old 06 November 2009, 19:31   #11
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Rule 22 - Visibility of Lights

The lights prescribed in these Rules shall have an intensity as specified in Section 8 of Annex I to these Regulations so as to be visible at the following minimum ranges:

(a) In vessels of 50 meters or more in length:

a masthead light, 6 miles;
a sidelight, 3 miles;
a towing light, 3 miles;
a white red, green or yellow all-around light, 3 miles.

(b) In vessels of 12 meters or more in length but less than 50 meters in length;

a masthead light, 5 miles; except that where the length of the vessel is less than 20 meters, 3 miles;
a sidelight, 2 miles;
a stern light, 2 miles, A towing light, 2 miles;
a white, red, green or yellow all-round light, 2 miles.

(c) In vessels of less than 12 meters in length:

a masthead light, 2 miles;
a sidelight, 1 miles;
a towing light, 2 miles;
a white red, green or yellow all-around light, 2 miles.

(d) In inconspicuous, partly submerged vessels or objects being towed;

a white all-round light; 3 miles.
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Old 07 November 2009, 05:08   #12
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illegal fishing?
a boat I have been on in the past is an ex fisheries patrol boat- beautiful bit of kit, like a mini destroyer. The mahogany lighting switch panel has a set of switches labelled "trawling lights" , "fishing lights" and underneath them a more prominent label for the two of them which simply says "DECOY LIGHTS".
It really must be tempting to creep up on a darkened fishing boat showing the decoy lights, and then switch its mass of searchlights on - Gottya!
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