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Sailing into the sunset

Here are some tips for safe sailing.

  • Stay off the water during storms or periods of high winds.
  • Carry a flashlight in case you remain on the water after dark. Shine the light on a sail to warn approaching vessels of your presence if you have no navigation lights or if another vessel does not see your navigation lights.
  • Remember that sailboats with an engine must have the red, green, and white navigation lights.
  • Remember that the mast can be a conductor for lightning. Be aware of masthead clearance when passing under power lines and bridges.