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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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