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    I have an old (1960ish) bow light with red and blue lenses. I know the current law dictates green and red, but is the old blue and red allowed? I suspect its only allowed on LE vessels, but I was hoping I could use my original light for my restoration.






    2000 Seaswirl 175 BR with 3.0 Volvo Penta
    1993 Jetcraft with a 350 Kodiak and American Turbine.

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    Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

    Nice.....If she were mine I would put it on the shelf at the tiki bar. Going to be hard to replace that beauty.
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      That's a fine looking old light and I'd use it for sure, I mean what's the odds that you're going to be out on the river at night, and the law man's going to check the color of the light and say something about it? He'll probably be too busy admiring your old boat to even think about the color. Tell him you're color blind and the thing looks green to you! Good Luck!

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        I'm pretty sure I've got the same light on my boat.....

        Weird thing though, is it possible to have the lens in backwards??

        My blue (green) light is on the left side of the boat (while driving).....I've yet to have it on the water so far, and being my first boat....I don't know any better....

        I always thought "red, right, returning".....maybe I just made that up in my head though...


        Thanks....and sorry to hijack!!!

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          Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

          Cool looking light.

          How about putting a piece of clear yellow tape behind the blue lens, so it turns green when the light is on. I've seen yellow tape at auto parts stores before, it's for repairing broken tail lights.
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            Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

            Originally posted by garzilla View Post
            I'm pretty sure I've got the same light on my boat.....

            Weird thing though, is it possible to have the lens in backwards??

            My blue (green) light is on the left side of the boat (while driving).....I've yet to have it on the water so far, and being my first boat....I don't know any better....

            I always thought "red, right, returning".....maybe I just made that up in my head though...


            Thanks....and sorry to hijack!!!
            Red light belongs on the port side. Your setup is dangerous.

            Red-right-returning is the disposition of buoys when returning from sea. Keep red buoys to your right.

            For the Nav lights, remember that Port Wine is Red, i.e., red nav light belongs on the port side of the boat.

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            Long Island, NY
            Escapade III
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              You sure that's blue and not some kind of faded-out green? I would not go out without the proper colors showing, whatever may have been legal in the 60's. I just know that would wind up costing me violation $.

              I like the yellow tape inside the lens idea, I say give that a shot.
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                Thanks....definitely will be fixed by spring.

                So, it has to be an upside down lens in there I'm thinking...

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                  Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

                  Originally posted by garzilla View Post
                  I'm pretty sure I've got the same light on my boat.....

                  Weird thing though, is it possible to have the lens in backwards??

                  My blue (green) light is on the left side of the boat (while driving).....I've yet to have it on the water so far, and being my first boat....I don't know any better....

                  I always thought "red, right, returning".....maybe I just made that up in my head though...


                  Thanks....and sorry to hijack!!!

                  port wine is red
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                    Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

                    Red-right-returning is the disposition of buoys when returning from sea. Keep red buoys to your right.
                    Well I never knew that, it's the reverse in the Southern Hemisphere.

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                      See now that's what corn fuses me....i don't have a "sea" in illinois....i assume lake michigan would be it?

                      I plan on taking a boating course sometime over the winter though.......

                      We all know what they say about assumptions.........lol.

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                        Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

                        Originally posted by garzilla View Post
                        See now that's what corn fuses me....i don't have a "sea" in illinois....i assume lake michigan would be it?

                        I plan on taking a boating course sometime over the winter though.......

                        We all know what they say about assumptions.........lol.
                        I can't say. Inland rules are different in many respects and I don't know them. Yes, you NEED to take a boater education course. Congrats on realizing that- too many don't.
                        John and Linda
                        Long Island, NY
                        Escapade III
                        1992 Carver 26 Command Bridge
                        Twin Merc Alpha 4.3 'Gen +'

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                          Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

                          Originally posted by Fed View Post
                          Well I never knew that, it's the reverse in the Southern Hemisphere.
                          That's why I haven't sailed my 27'er from Long Island to Australia. Too confusing...
                          John and Linda
                          Long Island, NY
                          Escapade III
                          1992 Carver 26 Command Bridge
                          Twin Merc Alpha 4.3 'Gen +'

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                            Re: Blue and Red bow navigation light

                            Thanks for the responses. It is definitely a blue lens - not faded. I'll try the yellow tape and see what that looks like. If that doesn't work, I'll just wire it up so the blue light flashes.
                            2000 Seaswirl 175 BR with 3.0 Volvo Penta
                            1993 Jetcraft with a 350 Kodiak and American Turbine.

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                              Originally posted by TregoMark View Post
                              If that doesn't work, I'll just wire it up so the blue light flashes.
                              Yep, that is sure to draw some attention to your boat

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