Five Things About Boating After Dark

Posted: August 22, 2013  |  By: Bill Jefferson [News-Press]

How are the lights on your boat?

To operate safely after dark, you must be able to recognize light configurations on any type of vessel you encounter in local waters.

• For nighttime navigation or when there is poor visibility, the boat lights must be on whether the boat is underway or at anchor. The reason for the vessel’s lights are to alert other boats of your presence, to tell other boats something about your size and to enable you to properly apply the navigational rules. The reasoning behind navigational lights on boats is the same reason lights on cars must be turned on during rain or when the visibility is poor.

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