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Remember, power-driven vessels include sailboats operating under engine power.

If less than 26 feet long, these vessels must exhibit the lights as shown in the illustration below or figure 1. The required lights are:

Powerboat with combination sidelights and all-round white light
  • Red and green sidelights visible from a distance of at least one mile away.
  • An all-round white light or both a masthead light and a sternlight. These lights must be visible from a distance of at least two miles away. The all-round white light (or the masthead light) must be higher than the sidelights.

If 26 feet long or longer, these vessels must exhibit the lights as shown in figure 1. The required lights are:

  • Red and green sidelights visible from a distance of at least one mile away.
  • A masthead light and a sternlight visible from a distance of at least two miles away. The masthead light must be higher than the sidelights.
Powerboat with masthead light, sternlight and red sidelight
The red and green lighting must conform to the illustrations shown above. Red should be on the left side of the bow and green on the right side of the bow.