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Frank O posted 07-02-2012 11:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Frank O   Send Email to Frank O  
I notice that in jimh's post on terminology of navigation lights he mentions:

Many smaller power-drive vessels show a white all-round light in lieu of other configurations. There is a specific navigation light to be shown called a sternlight but this is not to be confused with the white all-round light, which should not be called a "stern light."

I was therefore amused to find the following passage in the latest edition of the California Department of Boating & Waterways' "ABC's of California Boating":

A recreational powerboat under 39-feet 4-inches (12 meters) may instead display a 360° all-round sternlight and combination red and green sidelights (see Figure 2).

The figure shows an all-round light mounted at the vessel's stern.

I don't think this was worded this way in previous editions of this booklet. At night I show sidelights at the bow and an all-round light mounted on my Outrage 21's T-top.

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