Emergency navigation lights on board

Posted by Grant Headifen on April 7, 2010 under Coastal Navigation, Crew, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

Got a request from a student to point out more through out our courses the need to have on board emergency portable battery powered navigation lights in case of electrical failure – and we couldn’t agree more.

An acquaintance of mine was nearly run down by a high speed ferry in the middle of the night in the cold waters of the Solent in the south of England. He had an electrical fire and had to shut down the breakers AT NIGHT.

Emergency portable white, red and green navigation lights are an essential safety item needed on board. If you own a boat then these should be on and checked for operation before the next time you go out. If you don’t own a boat, forward this blog post to friends that do.

Portable Navigation Lights

Portable Navigation Lights

They are relatively inexpensive and a quick search on Google for portable navigation light will locate them or just visit to your local chandlery who are more than likely to have them in stock. Some have suction mounts, some have c-clamps and some mount on the pulpit railing.

This is just one of those durh things that we all tend to not think about, but the chances of being hit at night with out lights WHEN you have a electrical failure are so high it’s a shudderer to contemplate the consequences.

Happy sailing!

Cool iPhone App

Posted by Grant Headifen on January 12, 2010 under Coastal Navigation, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

Along with NauticEd’s iphone app to help sailors keep their logbook current, we’ve discovered a new iphone app which helps sailors identify boats at night from their lights they exhibit. It serves as an excellent and handy vessel light identification chart for sailing at night.

Identify boats at night

Identify boats at night

The aqualights iphone app is very simple to use. It is in a one page presentation where you just click on the arrangement of vessel lights that you see at the top of the application and Aqua lights presents to you a visual arrangement from which you can select the best fit.

I see this as an excellent tool to use and have with you while sailing at night. No more diving down below to get out the light lookup tables and killing your night vision at the same time. Just pull out your iphone and tap.

NauticEd is not affiliated with Aqua lights. We just find it as a useful application. Visit their website at http://www.aquaous.com or see them on the itunes app store when you search for aqualights. Keep an eye on them as they are also coming out with one for sounds.