3.1 Navigation Lights
After completing this section you will be able to:
- Identify the four required navigation lights on board recreational vessels and explain options to these rules for specific craft.
- Understand the Cardinal and Lateral systems of buoyage.
- Understand the use of Day Beacons and Special Purpose Buoys.
- Understand how to select, use and maintain life jackets and PFDs.
- Understand Rules of the Road and actions of Stand-On and Give-Way Vessels.
Navigation lights, used between sundown and sunup and in periods of restricted visibility, must comply with the Collision Regulations.
Green is the Sidelight on the starboard side and is visible over an arc from the bow of 112.5º.
Red is the Sidelight on the port side and is visible over an arc from the bow of 112.5º.
A white Masthead light is visible over the 225º arc defined by the two sidelights. A white Stern light is visible in the 135º sector at the stern of the boat; 67.5º in each direction from the centreline.
An All-Round white light is visible over 360º and is used as an anchor light from sunset to sunup on vessels 50m in length or less.
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