Boat navigation lights

Legal Requirements for Boat Navigation Lights

Boat navigation lights As a boat owner you are required by law to have boat navigation lights on your vessel. Boat navigation lights are not only to fulfill the requirements of the law but they are also to ensure safe operation of your vessel.
According the Coast Guard the following is required at minimum:
“Recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of restricted visibility (fog, rain, haze, etc. . .) The U .S. Coast Guard Navigation Rules, International-Inland, specifies lighting requirements for every description of watercraft. The information provided below is for power-driven and sailing vessels less than 65 .5 feet (20 meters) in length.”
“Vessel under Oars A vessel under oars may exhibit the lights for a sailboat. If it does not, it shall have ready at hand an electric torch (flashlight) or lighted lantern showing a white light that shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.”
“If your sailing vessel is less than 65 .6 feet (20 meters) in length, then it must display navigation lights on the mast.”
“All vessels at anchor must display anchor lights. If your vessel is less than 164 feet (50 meters) in length, then its anchor light is an all-round white light visible where it can best be seen from all directions.”
In short if you are on the water in anything other than a row boat you need to have navigation lights present.

What Happens If You Don’t Have Boat Navigation Lights?

The US Coast Guard can board any boat in US waters and can impose fines and penalties which may include the confiscation of your boat if it is deemed a hazard to others on the water. There are several reasons why a CG will impose fines or penalties that include:
• Insufficient life-saving devices.
• Insufficient fire extinguishers.
• An overloaded vessel
• Improper display of navigation lights

All of the above are considered serious safety violations and can result in heavy fines and penalties. Ignorance of the law is typically not considered sufficient enough grounds for charges to be dismissed. Having the proper boat navigation lights can help to keep not only you and your passengers safe but other boaters safe.
Big Mistake
A lot of people think that because they will not be out after dark that it is okay to be out without lights, but even if you anchor you have to have lights and frankly you never know what will happen out on the water and you can wind up getting caught out in the dark without lights.

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Tips for Boating at Night

AbyssliteBoating at night is tough, for obvious reasons. While many limit boating activities to daytime hours, it’s still a good idea to learn how to keep safe while boating at night. Mechanical difficulties, or a fishing trip gone awry can keep you on the water longer than intended. If you find yourself at sea after dark, don’t fret. Just remember these simple tips for boating at night.

Be Prepared. Whether you plan to go boating at night or not, pack as if you are. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can cause delay, so it’s always good to be prepared. Always bring a strong flashlight and extra batteries, and plenty of glow sticks. Each crew member should wear a glow stick so they can be found more easily should they fall overboard.

Take it Slow. This one might seem obvious, but there are always some who ignore this basic precaution. Going slow will give you more time to identify hazards such as unlit boats or buoys.

Never Go Alone. This can’t be stressed enough. Absolutely NEVER go boating at night alone. The more eyes on watch the better. In-fact, you should always have a look-out when night boating (someone other than the navigator). Having people with you will also help you stay awake, and it’s more fun too.

Use Chartplotters with Caution. When visibility is reduced, chartplotters come in handy. Chartplotters show your position and indicate unseen hazards. While useful, they can also be dangerous. Even when dimmed, staring too long at a chartplotter will impede your natural night vision. Glance at it occasionally, but don’t rely on it too much. An old-fashioned compass can be your best friend when boating at night.

Get the Right Light. Adequate lighting is of obvious importance, but you might not have the right light. Make sure you have proper navigation lighting, but turn down the deck and cabin Boat LED lights. Excess lighting on your boat reduces your ability to see far out, effectively destroying your night vision. Use spotlights only when necessary, such as spotting a nearby vessel.



Understanding the Importance of Boat Lighting

If you own a boat, then you probably know how important it is to have adequate boat lighting. Boat Abysslitelighting provides for safety and efficient use of your vessel. If you’re new to boat ownership, or if you’re dreaming of a life at sea in the near future, then you should learn more about boat lighting.

There are many different kinds of boat lighting. Here are the main ones, and reasons why they’re so important.

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Marine LED lights

LED lights save energy

Marine LED lights Does it seem like an oxymoron that you can run your boat and still save on fuel and energy? If you know all about LED (light-emitting diode) lights and bulbs it is not far-fetched at all. Most of the bulbs and lighting you use now on your boat can be converted easily to LED. And it does not matter what size craft you have.

According to a 2012 article at, “By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”

One reason LEDs are more efficient is because they emit a lot less heat than incandescent bulbs. They also shoot light in a specific direction thus there is no need for reflectors. It is estimated that 80% of the light from an incandescent source actually misses the target.

So where can this lighting help save you on fuel in your boat? All of your interior lights can be converted to LED. If you are replacing a fixture no new wiring is needed because the original wiring for incandescent bulbs is fine. You can replace regular light bulbs with the LEDs. And if you have areas that are generally dark and you would like some extra lighting, there are inexpensive LED sources that you peel the back and stick them exactly where you want them.

For navigation, LEDs outlast their counterparts. Some lights are so bright they can be used as spotlights – using a mere fraction of the fuel. And you would not want to forget your underwater lighting. Installing a new LED source is as simple as drilling one small hole to bring the wire through the hull.

Some experts say that LEDs have such low energy consumption that they can produce energy savings up to 90%. Amortize this savings over a few years and you would be able to purchase enough fuel for that long weekend you have been planning.

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