How high does a stern light have to be?
Your white stern light is supposed to be at least one meter above your green and red sidelights on the bow. Actually, the USCG regs say that the sidelights must be at least one meter below the stern light, but same difference.
What size boat needs a stern light?
A sternlight is a white light that is located at the stern of the boat and is only visible from behind the vessel. A masthead light is required on all power-driven vehicles. This white light shines forward and to both sides and must be displayed by all vessels 39.4 feet in length or longer when under engine power.
When should stern light be on?
Whenever you are operating between sunset and sunrise, or in other times of restricted visibility, such as in fog or rain, you need to display the appropriate navigation lights so that other boats can see you and take the appropriate action to avoid a collision.
What boat lights are required at night?
What lights are required on a boat at night? The required lights are: Red and green sidelights visible from a distance of at least two miles away—or if less than 39.4 feet (12 meters) long, at least one mile away—on a dark, clear night.
What should you never do when you encounter a tug and its tow?
When passing a tug boat, never pass between a tug and its tow. If a small boat were to hit the hidden line, it could capsize and be run down by the structure being towed. Many towed structures will also have a long trailing line behind them. Give the tug and its tow plenty of space in every direction.
What color is a stern light?
Sternlight: This white light is seen only from behind or nearly behind the vessel. Masthead Light: This white light shines forward and to both sides and is required on all power-driven vessels.
Where is the stern light on a boat?
A stern light, which is a white light at the rear of the boat. The stern light needs to be visible across 135 degrees and from two miles away. When the masthead light and the stern light are combined, that makes up 360 degrees.
How many nautical miles does a stern light have to be?
The white stern light must cover 135 degrees and be visible for 2 nautical miles, or you can substitute one 360-degree all-around white light. For larger boats, the sidelights must be visible for 2 nautical miles and the masthead light for 3 nautical miles.
How big does a boat have to be to have a navigation light?
Powerboats under 12 meters (39.4 feet) in length must have separate or combined red and green sidelights covering 112.5 degrees and visible for 1 nautical mile. The white masthead light must cover 225 degrees, be 1 meter above the sidelights and be visible for 2 nautical miles.
How tall does a masthead light need to be on a boat?
When the masthead light and the stern light are combined, that makes up 360 degrees. Finally, you need one pair red and green sidelights that are visible across 112.5 degrees and from a distance of one mile. For boats of this size, the masthead light must be positioned at a height of at least 8 feet above the gunnel.