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I bought an Aquasignal series 40 masthead tricolor/anchor light cheap on Ebay. I'll convert it to LED. Don't make a simple thing complex.
I have two systems: one tricolor masthead and one on sides and stern. The last one is very powerful (3X20W) and used only in crowded waters.
Just be sure that you position your lights so as not to spoil your night vision when moving around the boat at night.
My Tiki 38 has the Aqua Signal Tricolor/anchor/strobe combination mounted on the main mast, which has worked well for four years (with one bulb replacement). The bulbs aren't cheap.and if I were doing it today I would go the LED route, and I would be tempted to have a duplicate set of side and stern lights mounted near deck level. The masthead may not fully satisfy COLREGS when the boat is under power depending on how you read them. I like the masthead light when we are sailing because it doesn't interfere with our night vision and it unambiguously tells other boats we are a sailboat under sail. The second set of lights is a good backup, and also says unambiguously that we are a boat under power when in use. Up to you if the extra expense/trouble is worth it, but it is nice to be able to replace a dead bulb without having to go up the mast, although replacement will probably be much less frequent with LED's.
Yeah, but the real fun starts when you try to put a steaming light and stay within the regulations. I would like to ask if any of you have a good (better?) solution to the one Nev came up with. Ours works, but it is a bit fiddly
I have a separate steaming light mounted on the foremast, but am not sure it meets COLREGS when using with the masthead tricolor. That's why I was thinking of adding deck level sidelights so I could use them with the steaming light and the white all around anchor light when under power. Might not be entirely legal, but we would look like a (very small) ship from any distance, and might get us a little more respect.
Our steaming light also has a deck light that shines down on the foredeck, which we have found useful for anchor drags and the occasional foredeck panic when the wind suddenly comes up.