What are running lights on a yacht?

Running lights are a necessary safety feature on any yacht or boat that operates on the water at night. Running lights help other boaters and ships to see your vessel and avoid collisions in the dark.

Running lights come in two common colors, red and green. The red light signifies the port (left) side of the boat while the green light signifies the starboard (right) side of the boat. These running lights are mounted on the bow and stern of the boat with the red light on the port side of the bow and the green light on the starboard side of the bow. Additionally, a white light is often installed near the stern of the boat to help other vessels identify the boat’s position.

In a typical yacht, the navigation lights are located approximately three feet above water level. They offer 360-degree visibility and can be seen from miles away. Navigation lights are always illuminated at night and in poor visibility conditions, such as fog or rain, to help other boats and ships maintain an accurate position relative to the yacht.

The use of running lights is necessary when operating any yacht, especially when another vessel is nearby or visibility is poor. In many countries, it is required by law to have running lights on your yacht. However, even if you are not legally required to install them, it is important for safety that you do.

In summary, running lights are an essential safety feature that must be installed on every yacht. Without these lights, it can be difficult for other boats and ships to avoid collisions and accidents, particularly at night. So, if you own a yacht, make sure that you have running lights installed and that they are always in good working condition.

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