Okay, first let me just say that what I am about to write about is a loose interpretation of a wonderful talk given by Gary Van Tessal at the most recent gathering I attended. Gary had it down and read from manuals, so he was correct, my memory of it is that of a burned out 60 year old in desperate need of a boat ride in Florida in 21 days… SHAMELESS PLUG…and more general. That’s the disclaimer!
Lights on your boat need to have a certain intensity and be visible from at least 2 miles away. Fact. Now how does this effect classic boats?
Well, both red and green need to be visible, and the white light above them. This allows other boaters to tell the direction you are coming or going. These are hard fast rules since 1910 and some sort of boating act. A two page act, which is shocking that anything called an act was two pages. That’s a Gary joke by the way.
Still with me here? Okay, “some” boats back in our day pushed the design thing, and may or may not be accurate. As in the lights were designed to look great, not to be seen. So that’s one potential issue.
The red lens fades faster than green. Red always fades more, especially when its plastic. So you should check that, and that can reduce the light intensity.
Still with me here? NOW, you have a 6 volt system. We all know that the low intensity and generator stuff can cause your 6 volt lights to look like small candles. Which there is no way deliver the correct light intensity.
Now, why does this matter? Well… Other than the fact that you may be putting others in danger, you are also putting yourself in danger for show accuracy. And to be clear, there is NO grandfathering type rules here. And to quote Gary again, “Nothing is wrong, until something goes wrong.” As in, if you did get in an accident, as in someone mows over you at night.
Did you have a 6 volt system? See where this is going? You could be to blame. A good attorney would certainly look at this as part of the trial. So, that 6 volt system you have? Make sure its perfect. Maybe change your bulbs to LED to me stronger. There are ways around this, and now there is one more thing in the world to worry about.