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

If 26 feet long or longer, these vessels must exhibit the lights as shown in figure 2. The required lights are:

Navigation lights for unpowered vessels less than 65.6 feet long
  • Red and green sidelights visible from a distance of at least two miles away.
  • A sternlight visible from a distance of at least three miles away.

If less than 26 feet long, these vessels should:

  • If practical, exhibit the lights as shown in figure 2 above.
  • If not practical, have on hand at least one lantern or flashlight shining a white light as shown in figure 3.
Navigation lights on unpowered vessels less than 23 feet long
To prevent a collision, vessel operators should never leave shore without a flashlight. Even if you plan to return before dark, unforeseen developments might delay your return past nightfall.