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sport15er posted 06-05-2001 08:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for sport15er   Send Email to sport15er  
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!~
Eric posted 06-05-2001 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
one meter above the height of the bow light
Dick posted 06-05-2001 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
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.
Zack posted 06-06-2001 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Zack  Send Email to Zack     
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)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

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)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark
Zack posted 06-06-2001 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Zack  Send Email to Zack     
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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