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Navigation lights are required for your sailboat at all times, but will need to be turned on when you are operating your sailboat at night or during periods of restricted visibility, such as fog, so that other vessels are able to spot you. If your boat is equipped with navigation lights, they must work and meet the technical standards set out in the Collision Regulations. Navigation lights can be fitted with LED lights which are very energy consumption efficient and there are certain lights to help illuminate your vessel.

A masthead tricolour with LED lighting can be one sure (and legal) way to be seen at night or in poor visibility. Deck lights are legal but can be lost in a seaway as they can be obscured by large waves.
Since deck lights are being exposed to the elements, it is wise to check that they work on a regular basis. It is also a good idea to check their connections for corrosion. There are good products (silicone based is best) that can be sprayed on connections and in light housings to help prevent corrosion.

Having some spare bulbs on board is another good idea.


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