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ID:	7191708 The boat was this way when I purchased it used. Why would the two red lights be in the stern and the spot light in the bow? All came on with navigation lights I unhooked them.

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    Re: navigation lights why do this?

    Because the previous owner was a MORON.... no other reason... take the red lights off the rear and throw em away and only use the "spot light" for docking
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    • #3
      Re: navigation lights why do this?

      Maybe the name of the boat has something to do with it.......
      Last edited by WIMUSKY; September 29th, 2013, 11:21 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: navigation lights why do this?

        The bow light is probably a PO's docking light. If the rear lights were hooked up to the trailer lights, it could have been an attempt to have higher tail lights. But since the extra lights came on with the nav lights -
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        • #5
          Re: navigation lights why do this?

          Originally posted by smokeonthewater View Post
          Because the previous owner was a MORON.... no other reason... take the red lights off the rear and throw em away and only use the "spot light" for docking

          Clearly someone who thought his boat was a car and should therefore have headlights, brake lights and blinkers :/ Good grief!

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          • #6
            Re: navigation lights why do this?

            Well, it sure is "creative". Not legal, though.
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            • #7
              Re: navigation lights why do this?

              ... please, please, please tell me they blink left and right.

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              • #8
                Re: navigation lights why do this?

                I see what appears to be nav lights on the front
                Last edited by Thalasso; September 29th, 2013, 09:21 PM.
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                • #9
                  Re: navigation lights why do this?

                  Originally posted by southkogs View Post
                  ... please, please, please tell me they blink left and right.
                  Ya, I've been blinded nicely by those running around a small lake with their "docking lights" on. At first I thought (hoped) the tail lights were for trailering - now having read through, I'm with kogs...

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                  • #10
                    Re: navigation lights why do this?

                    It was common in 1960s boats with tail fins to add Cadillac tail lights. But yours is not a 1960s boat and it doesn't have tail fins. So, my guess would be an effort to improve trailering lighting OR someone who simply does not k=now or care about CG light regulations.

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                    • #11
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                      Re: navigation lights why do this?

                      maybe the blinker fluid is low

                      Actually I kinda agree with what your PO was trying to do, in the stern. I think that in busy water the single white light is dangerously insufficient and there should be more light on the stern and, for many boats, for anchoring. the white light on a sailboat mast is truly worthless in an area with lots of lights.

                      however, the reason it is illegal to add lights is that the other lights send confusing messages to other boaters; the red/green plus white when use correctly tell the other boaters what is going on. Yours would tell other boaters that someone drove his car off the ramp.

                      Illlegal or not, I sometimes hang a blinking flashlight off the stern. In your case another plain white light back there (not a spot) would be helpful and not interfere with your night vision, and wouldn't cause problems.

                      The front light should be turned off unless you are within 20' of your own dock. Better to learn to drive without them.
                      Last edited by Home Cookin'; September 30th, 2013, 06:59 AM.
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