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Re: Do you use dinghy lights?
Could we get some clarification on what the REQUIREMENTS are? Then let's separate that from the best practices that may go over and above the requirements - or choose to not meet them due to night vision or lax enforcement in certain areas.
My understanding is that in US waters, an unmotorized (rowing) dinghy only requires a flashlight, not a 360 degree white light nor a red/green bow light.
A motorized boat dinghy would require red/green bow light plus a 360 degree white light on the stern. Technically, a tricolor red/green/white light like sailboats use would not be sufficient because the white is neither 360 degrees nor at the stern.
Is that correct?
It could be argued that a rowing dinghy needs to be lighted more than a motorized boat, because it's not going to be able to get out of another boat's way. But that's not how I read the regs.
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Formerly posted as "RhythmDoctor"
1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)