When operating a boat between sunset and sunrise, the operator must display the boat's navigation lights. Boaters use lights to be seen by other boaters, as well as being in compliance with navigation rules.
Light bulbs should be checked to ensure they work. As visibility reduces in darkness, boats should be operated at safe speeds to avoid collisions with other boats, hazards or fixed objects.
Red navigation lights indicate the left side of a boat and green identifies the right side. These two lights must be displayed whenever the boat is moving or adrift on the water.
The white-360 degree light must be visible from all directions around the boat and must be displayed whenever the boat is anchored, moving or adrift on the water, except when tied to a dock or moored in a designated mooring area.
Small, non-motorized boats, like canoes or rowboats, may carry a white light like a flashlight or lantern to be displayed in time to prevent a collision with another vessel.
The use of bright spotlights on a boat at night is permitted, when used intermittently, to locate hazards or approaching a dock. Spotlights are not to be used in a constant manner, such as headlights on a motor vehicle.
Bright lights can create hazardous conditions to other boaters because they temporarily ruin night vision of other boaters. Dare to be safe! Boat smart! Live by the rules!