Light Up While In The Boat

Filed in Recent News by July 17, 2019

WITH shorter days and colder water during winter, NSW Maritime are reminding boaters to use their navigation lights.

Mark Hutchings, executive director of NSW Maritime, said at this time of year it is important to use lights properly.

“NSW Maritime’s Boating Safety Officers (BSOs) conduct early morning and night patrols to ensure vessels are displaying the correct lights,” Mr Hutchings said.

“Using navigation lights helps boaters stay safe so they can avoid hazards and exercise good judgement, and reminds boaters to keep a proper lookout when visibility becomes limited or reduced,” he said.

“Navigation lights also help boats be seen at night by other boaters, which is important in avoiding collisions.

Boaters could be fined $250 if they don’t have the right lighting.

The most common offence identified by Boating Safety Officers is not displaying an all-round white light correctly.

“The height of the light is often positioned too low and its visibility is restricted by parts of the boat,” Mr Hutchings said. 

“Boaters are required by law to display navigation lights, and the required number and combination of lights varies on the size and type of the craft.

“When night falls, the water becomes a completely different environment. Every vessel on the water, from kayaks to sailboats to superyachts, needs lights in order to be seen.

“Vessel lights should be mounted in a position that gives the skipper optimum night vision and allows others to see the vessel from every direction,’ he said.

“Navigation lights should also be installed correctly so they are not obscured by the vessel’s structure or mistaken for deck lights,” Mark Hutchings said.

The penalty for not complying with proper lighting is a $250 fine or a court ordered maximum penalty of $500.


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