Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Failure to use the required navigation lights is one of the leading causes of boating fatalities in Georgia. Lights must be used when away from the dock between sunset and sunrise or during periods of low visibility. Required navigation lights differ depending on boat type and size.
Figure 1. Power-Driven Class A Or Class 1 Boats
These boats must exhibit the lights as shown in figure1. Remember, power-driven boats include sailboats operating under power. Required lights are:
Figure 2. Wind Driven Sailboats
An alternative to the sidelights and sternlight is a combination red, green and white light which must be exhibited near the top of the mast.
Class A, Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 sailboats must exhibit the lights as shown in figure 2. Required lights are:
Figure 3. Non-Motorized Class A Boats (Except Sailboats)
Boat operators should never leave shore without a flashlight. Even if you plan to return before dark, unforeseen developments like engine trouble might delay your return past nightfall.
Boats that are paddled, poled and rowed must have on hand a white light. Requirements are:
All boats are required to use an all-round white light whenever they are moored or anchored away from dock between sunset and sunrise
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