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Vessel operators must make sure that their vessels are equipped with the proper navigation lights and use the lights during these conditions:

  • When away from the dock between sunset and sunrise
  • During periods of restricted visibility such as fog or heavy rain

The different types of navigation lights are described in Navigation Lights in Unit 4. No other lights that may be mistaken for required navigation lights may be exhibited.

Note: Blue or red flashing lights are restricted to use by law enforcement vessels only.

On Arkansas state waters, all motorboats must have lighting sufficient to make the motorboat’s presence and location known to any other vessels within a reasonable distance.

On federal waters, the requirements for recreational vessels are as discussed below. For other configurations and requirements for larger vessels, see the USCG's Navigation Rules.