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Unpowered vessels are sailing vessels or vessels that are paddled, poled, or rowed.

Fig. 2: Navigation lights for unpowered vessels less than 65.6 feet long
An alternative to the sidelights and sternlight is a combination red, green, and white light, which must be exhibited near the top of the mast.

If less than 65.6 feet long, these vessels must exhibit the lights as shown in Figure 2. 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 long, at least one mile away–on a dark, clear night.
  • A sternlight visible from a distance of at least two miles away.