Overview of Navigation Lights Law
Pleasure craft operators must make sure that their boats 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
No other lights that may be mistaken for required navigation lights may be exhibited. Note: Blue flashing lights are restricted to use by law enforcement vessels and vessels engaged in search-and-rescue (SAR) operations only.
Your pleasure craft must meet the navigation light requirements given in the Collision Regulations.
- Navigation light and shape requirements depend on the type and length of your boat and whether or not your boat is underway or at anchor.
- Sailboats that have motors must meet the requirements for sailboats and powerboats.