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|Author||Topic: Stern Light|
posted 06-05-2001 08:22 PM ET (US)
My SS15 came with a 40" stern/anchor light. It's ready to be replaced, however I'm insure as to the required height. Is there a definite height required above the stern or outboard? Thnx!~
posted 06-05-2001 09:16 PM ET (US)
one meter above the height of the bow light
posted 06-05-2001 09:38 PM ET (US)
Just took a look at my Chapmans to refresh my memory. The stern light is designated as an "all around light". It should be high enough to be seen from all points of the compass. as it is the brightest it will give oncoming boats an indication of your position long before they can see your bow light.
The 1 m above the combination light is an international rule, inland rules state the stern light must be placed above the combination light.
On most smaller Whalers where the stern light is on the side of the transom height isn't a problem, except for the Montauk where the console will block out a short light. Just remember the higher the light the farther away you can be seen.
posted 06-06-2001 11:04 AM ET (US)
Just rewired Outrage 18 running lights last night. When the pull switch is pulled to first position port side of anchor light comes on, when switch is pulled to second position, stern light(half visible), red/green and starboard side on anchor light comes on. Is this the way it should work? Thanks, Zack
|Tom W Clark||
posted 06-06-2001 11:29 AM ET (US)
No. First of all, the anchor light does not have port and starboard sides. It has a fore and aft ends. It sounds like you need to rotate it 90° so that the 225° portion faces forward and the 135° portion faces aft.
When the switch is in the first position, both halves of the anchor light should be on. The other lights should be off.
When the switch is in the second position, The forward, 225° portion of the anchor light should be on, and the glare shield should be facing forward. The port and starboard bow lights as well as the 135° stern light should be on too. At this point the light on top of your console is correctly referred to as the masthead light, not the anchor light.
You can read some differing opinions of the efficacy of this set up here:
|Tom W Clark||
posted 06-06-2001 11:31 AM ET (US)
posted 06-06-2001 11:54 AM ET (US)
Tom, thanks for the reply, knew something was wrong. After reading the pros and cons of using the console light, I think that replacing the stern light might be the way to go. Again Thanks, Zack
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