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No regs for marker lights?
My marina is run by the city and is suffering lack of maintenance due to budget cuts. Recently, a channel marker fell down due to rot. The marina has also failed to keep the lights working on some of the remaining concrete marker pilings. I contacted the Coast Guard and asked who was responsible for replacing the fallen marker. To my surprise they said, though it belongs to my marina, as a private aid to navigation, no one has to replace it. I looked at the Inland regs for rules regarding lighting and found very little, except that lighting on some buoys was "discretionary". Can it be that though the CG spells out vessel lighting to a "T", they have very few, if any regulations regarding channel markers and lights? This particular channel is heavily back lit by city lights, which makes for a tricky approach at night, even with all the markers and lights working. Seems to me that if you are going to operate a marina, you need to keep the channel defined.
Last edited by L124C; 11-24-2010 at 02:42 AM.