you cannot arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear and wait until
dawn. After all, that's one of the things God made boats for--to
must display the correct navigation lights at night, and a sailor must
know how to interpret them.
Light (also called a Bow or Masthead Light)
that a boat is moving under power.
white light over the centerline of the vessel.
from ahead at an arc of 22.5 degrees.
sailing vessel NOT under power does not display a steaming light.)
green lights on the port and starboard sides of a vessel.
from an arc of 22.5 degrees abeam to directly ahead.
lower than the steaming light on boats under power.
on port side (Port wine is red)
light on starboard side
light near the stern of a vessel.
astern at an arc of 22.5 degrees.
degree white light that is displayed when anchored.
not necessary to display an anchor light in a recognized small craft
Interpreting Running Lights
Other Running Lights
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