Friday, June 9, 2023

    What is the required height for a stern light on a boat?

    As boaters, our number one priority is to ensure the safety of ourselves and our passengers. One of the ways we can achieve this is by adhering to specific safety regulations set forth by regulatory bodies, including the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Transport Canada.

    One such regulation involves the use of a stern light on a boat. As defined by the USCG, a stern light is a white light that shines aft (towards the rear) and is required on all boats operating between sunset and sunrise, or in times of restricted visibility.

    But? According to the USCG and Transport Canada regulations, the minimum height for a stern light is one meter (3.3 feet) above the vessel’s hull. Additionally, the light must be visible for 360 degrees around the boat and be unobstructed by any other equipment, such as antennas or canvas covers.

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    It’s important to note that the above height requirement is the minimum height and does not take into account the specific details of an individual boat. In some cases, it may be necessary for a taller stern light to be installed to ensure maximum visibility.

    Furthermore, boaters should always consult with the manufacturer’s specifications of their individual vessels, as well as local laws, to ensure compliance with all regulations.

    The required height for a stern light on a boat is a minimum of one meter (3.3 feet) above the vessel’s hull. Boaters must adhere to this regulation and ensure the light is unobstructed and visible for 360 degrees around the boat to promote maximum safety on the water.

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