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Where Do You Put Navigation Lights On A Boat?

Navigation lights are an important safety feature for any boat, large or small. They help other vessels identify your boat’s position and direction of travel, even in low visibility conditions. Knowing where to place navigation lights on a boat is essential for safe boating.

The most common location for navigation lights on a boat is the bow, or front of the vessel. The bow light should be placed as close to the centerline of the boat as possible, and should be mounted at least 12 inches above the highest point of the deck. This will ensure that it is visible from all angles and will not be blocked by any other structures on board. The light should also be securely fastened to prevent it from becoming loose or falling off in rough seas.

The stern light should also be placed near the centerline of the vessel, but this time at least 12 inches below the highest point of the deck. This will ensure that it is visible from all angles and will not be blocked by any other structures on board. Again, make sure that it is securely fastened to prevent it from becoming loose or falling off in rough seas.

In addition to these two main navigation lights, some boats may also have side lights located near each side of the vessel’s hull. These are usually mounted at least 6 inches above and below the highest point of the deck, so they can be seen from both sides of the boat when viewed from a distance. Side lights are especially important for larger vessels that may have difficulty being seen in low visibility conditions due to their size and shape.

Finally, some boats may also have an anchor light located near the bow or stern of the vessel. This light should be mounted at least 6 feet above sea level so that it can easily be seen by other vessels in low visibility conditions.

Knowing where to place navigation lights on a boat is essential for safe boating and helps ensure that your vessel can easily be identified by other vessels in low visibility conditions. Make sure you mount your navigation lights correctly and securely so they remain visible at all times!

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