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At night, motorboats less than 40 feet long may combine the masthead light and stern light into one all-round white light. When at anchor, boats must show one all-round white light at night. During the day, these boats must show day shapes. A day shape might be one black ball that is visible from the highest point of the vessel, which signals that the boat is at anchor.

Boats less than 12 meters (39 feet, 4 inches)

• Motorboats or sailboats using power: The lights shown in figure 1, 2 or 3 may be used.

• Sailboats using sails alone: The lights shown in figure 4, 5, or 6 may be used.

Boats between 12 and 20 meters (39 feet, 4 inches to 65 feet, 7 inches)

• Motorboats or sailboats using power: The lights shown in figure 1, 2 or 3 may be used.

• Sailboat using sails alone: The lights shown in figure 4, 5 or 6 may be used.

Location of lights

Lights should be located as shown in the drawings. The masthead light (forward white light in figure 1) must be at least one meter—

39 inches—higher than the colored lights on a boat less than

40 feet long, and at least 8 feet above the gunwale on a boat between 40 and 65 feet long.

Exceptions

Motorboats or sailboats using power, built before Dec. 24, 1980: Th e lights shown in figure 1, 2 or 3 may be used. But the arrangement in figure 3 is not acceptable on a boat 40 feet or longer on international waters.

• Taken from U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Rules orange flag orange flag

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