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1. WO2021041925 - WATERCRAFT NAVIGATION LIGHT

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CLAIMS:

1. A lighted pole for mounting on a watercraft comprising a base portion and a lighted tip with a shaft extending therebetween and a flexible joint positioned between the base portion and the shaft.

2. The lighted pole of claim 1, wherein the base portion comprises a mounting bracket and is configured for mounting to a surface of the watercraft such that the lighted pole is installed in a position extending outwardly or upwardly from the watercraft and wherein the flexible joint allows for resilient bending of the shaft about the joint such that the shaft can be resiliently bent towards the watercraft.

3. The lighted pole of claim 2, wherein the flexible joint is configured to form an angle between the shaft and the base ranging from about 0 degrees to about 90 degrees or more in any direction.

4. The lighted pole of claim 1, wherein the lighted tip is a light source comprising one or more light emitting diodes.

5. The lighted pole of claim 2, wherein the lighted pole is configured for mounting to a boat.

6. The lighted pole of claim 2, wherein the shaft is between about 12 and 18 inches long.

7. The lighted pole of claim 2, wherein the flexible joint comprises a resilient spring.

8. The lighted pole of claim 7, wherein the resilient spring comprises a rubber coating.

9. The lighted pole of claim 2, wherein electrical wiring for operably connecting the lighted tip to a power source are fed through an interior space along the length of the shaft from the lighted tip and through an interior space along a length of the flexible joint to the base.

10. A method of providing a navigation light to a watercraft comprising:

securing a mounting mechanism of a lighted pole to an external surface of the watercraft in a mounting position where a shaft of the lighted pole extending from connection with the mounting mechanism and terminating in a light source extends in a substantially vertical direction away from the watercraft; protecting the light source against damage by providing a flexible joint between the mounting mechanism and the shaft such that when the shaft or light source come into contact with an obstruction, the shaft and light source are displaced from the mounting position to a protection position where the flexible joint automatically moves the shaft or light source to a substantially non-vertical position and wherein when the obstruction is removed the shaft and light source automatically return to the substantially vertical direction.

11. A lighted pole for mounting on a watercraft, the lighted pole comprising:

a mounting portion for securing the lighted pole to the watercraft;

a rigid pole supporting a light source at a first end; and

a flexible, resilient spring connecting the mounting portion to a second end of the rigid pole to provide a joint about which the rigid pole bends with respect to the mounting portion.

12. The lighted pole of claim 11, wherein the spring supports the rigid pole in a plurality of non-vertical positions with respect to a mounting surface of the watercraft and automatically returns the pole to a substantially vertical position with respect to the mounting surface of the watercraft.

13. The lighted pole of claim 12 wherein the light source comprises one or more LED lights and wherein the light source is provided in an epoxy for protection of the light source.