NAVIGATION LIGHT EQUIPMENT
Boat operators are required to ensure their vessel is equipped with the proper navigation lights when away from the dock between sunset and sunrise, and during periods of reduced visibility due to fog or rain. Navigation light requirements differ according to the type and size of boat. These are navigation light configurations and requirements for recreational boats:
Power-driven vessels must exhibit the following navigation light configurations:
BOATS BETWEEN 39 FEET, 4 INCHES TO 65 FEET, 7 INCHES
Motorboats or sailboats using power: The lights shown in Figure One must be used.
BOATS LESS THAN 39 FEET, 4 INCHES
Motorboats or sailboats using power: The lights shown in either Figure One or Figure Two may be used.
Boats less than 23 feet whose maximum speed cannot exceed seven knots may exhibit an all-around white lightnavigation light visible at 360 degrees from up to 2 miles away., and sidelightsgreen and red navigation lights, visible from forward or the beam. instead of the lights shown below, in international waters only.
NAVIGATION LIGHT REQUIREMENTS FOR POWER-DRIVEN VESSELS
LOCATION OF LIGHTS
Lights should be located as shown in the above illustrations. The masthead light (forward white light in FIGURE ONE) must be at least 39 inches higher than the colored lights on a boat less than 40 feet long, and at least eight feet above the gunwalethe upper edge of a vessel's side. on a boat between 40 and 65 feet long.
Note: Boats over 164 feet must display two masthead lights. Boats under 164 feet may display either one or two masthead lights.