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Required Equipment - Lights

From sunset to sunrise and during times of low visibility, a vessel must carry and exhibit the lights as listed below when the vessel is under way. During these times, no other lights which can be mistaken for those prescribed may be exhibited.

Every white light prescribed must be of such character as to be visible at a distance of at least two (2) miles. Every colored light prescribed must be of such character as to be visible at a distance of at least one (1) mile.

Except for personal watercraft and as provided in the following paragraph, motorboats of Class A must carry, ready at hand, a lantern or electric torch showing a white light which must be exhibited in sufficient time to avert a collision.

Except for personal watercraft, motorboats of Class A must be equipped with the lights required for motorboats of Class 1 whenever operated on one of the bodies of water designated in Division of Natural Resources Special Boating Rule 58 CSR 26. These bodies of water are listed in the West Virginia Fishing Regulation brochure which is published annually.

Motorboats of Class 1 must be equipped with the following lights:

A bright white light aft to show all around the horizon; and

A combined lantern in the fore part of the vessel and lower than the white light aft, showing green to starboard and red to port and so fixed as to throw the lights ten (10) points on each side of the vessel (i.e., from directly ahead to two (2) points abaft the beam on either side).

Motorboats of Class 2 or Class 3 must be equipped with the following lights:

A bright white light in the fore part of the vessel as near the stem as practicable, so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of twenty (20) points of the compass and so fixed as to throw the light ten (10) points on each side of the vessel (i.e., from directly ahead to two (2) points abaft the beam on either side);

A bright white light aft to show all around the horizon and higher than the white light forward; and

On the starboard side, a green light so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of ten (10) points of the compass and so fixed as to throw the light from directly ahead to 2 points abaft the beam on the starboard side. On the port side, a red light so constructed as to show an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of ten (10) points of the compass and so fixed as the throw the light from directly ahead to two (2) points abaft the beam on the port side. These side lights must be fitted with inboard screens of sufficint height to prevent the lights from being seen across the bow.

A vessel propelled by sail and machinery must exhibit the lights required for a motorboat of the same class propelled by machinery alone.

A vessel propelled by sail alone must carry, ready at hand, a lantern or electric torch showing a white light which must be exhibited in sufficient time to avert a collision.

When propelled by sail alone, a vessel must exhibit the white light aft to show all around the horizon and either a combined lantern in the fore part of the vessel and lower than the white light aft, showing green to starboard and red to port and so fixed as to throw the lights ten (10) points on each side of the vessel (i.e., from directly ahead to two (2) points abaft the beam on either side) or the colored side lights that are required of a Class 2 or Class 3 motorboat.

A vessel propelled manually must carry, ready at hand, a lantern or electric torch showing a white light which must be exhibited in sufficient time to avert a collision. Racing shells and rowing sculls are exempt from the requirement to carry a lantern or electric torch.

NOTE: FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF THE BOATING REGULATIONS, PICK UP A COPY FROM ANY DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES OR DIVISION OF NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICE.


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