The 2018 race is underway, with various boats still going through Seymour Narrows. There is a great Facebook video of a nighttime passage, and the sailboat, under oars, is showing three vertical red lights on the mast, in addition to the standard deck-level sailing lights.
As I understand it, three vertical red lights signifies "vessel constrained by draft." Not something I've ever seen on a recreational sailboat, this one under 30 feet. Does anybody here know anything about this? Is this a compromise light, in order to signify that something is not quite normal? To help tugboats not run into it? Is it strictly legal, in a wide, deep channel with a draft of five or 6 feet? I'd love to hear the story on this, if anybody knows. Maybe it's a PNW thing? My sailing has all been in New England…
Here's the Facebook clip: https://www.facebook.com/racetoalaska/v ... 7975292797
Thanks for any background!
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