What is a steaming light? (On a sailboat)?

On our panel its labelled steaming light and yet no other boats have that label on their electrical panel.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It can also be called a masthead light, although the name is a bit misleading. It's usually located halfway up the mast.

    Source(s): Been sailing my entire life.
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  • 3 years ago

    Steaming Light

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  • 1 decade ago

    A steaming light is a white light that shows 225 degrees forward when a sailboat is under power at night. It is usually at the first spreader or between 1/2 and 2/3 of the way to the masthead. In Colregs it is called the masthead light.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The steaming light is about 2/3 of the way up the mast, generally at the spreader. It is used while powering at night. It is not the masthead light that is used while anchoring at night. For sailing use the running lights, port, starboard and stern. If under 23 feet you need a flash light to shine in the sail if under sail.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A steaming light is a clear light located on the mast of a sailboat and is used to identify a sailboat that may be using auxillary power and is used while running at night.

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  • 4 years ago

    The anchor light is an all round white light at the top of the mast. The steaming light is white and half way up the mast and points forward and there sometimes is a white deck light also half way up which shines on the deck and is used as a working light.

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  • 3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's a white light (usually about halfway up the mast) showing forward round to 225 deg aft both sides. It must be turned on at night if you are using your engine (regardless of whether the sails are up or not). On my boat it's labelled "Engine Light".

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  • 4 years ago

    When you are under way under sail alone, you need only display your normal running lights, the red,green, and your stern light, as with your tricolor light on the masthead, but if you are under power with your engine (steaming), you must display the steaming light, on the face of your mast. Thus the term "steaming light".

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  • 1 decade ago

    This would be the 225 or 360 white at the top of the mast.

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