Top 2 Tips for Boating at Night

There’s nothing like a sunny day on the water, but boating at night has its own special charm and appeal. The moon and stars shining overhead, the gentle rocking of the boat, and the wisp of clouds outlined by starlight are all part of the appeal.

Without the visibility provided by daylight, however, there are certain rules that should always be observed when you’re out on the lake or ocean at nighttime. Boating at night can be dangerous, but being cautious and following safety protocols is always the best practice.

1. Keep the Lights On

First and foremost, always remember that your running lights must be operating when you’re in the water at night. The red (port) and green (starboard) running lights should be easily visible and without obstruction (make sure anchor lights are on when you are moored). And since other boats in the water might mistake cabin lights for navigation lights, keep things dim after dark.

2. Slow Down

In most lakes, and in some places near marinas, a speed limit at night is often recommended, if not totally enforced. Mind your speed whenever you’re out boating, but particularly at night. Going too fast could result in a costly collision, or worse, the total loss of your vessel.

Always take it slow and keep safe in the dark of night!

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