Lighting on your boat is one of the biggest safety concerns and
requirements. All-round lights; bow and sidelights; stern and transom
lights; mashhead; and docking lights are essential to any vessel. In
addition, underwater lighting for your boat has become a must have for
many boat and yacht owners. You may also need a variety of bases,
mounts, replacement bulbs and lens covers and other accessories to keep
these lights running in the best of condition. For smaller boats there
are new lines of battery operated attachable lights in bi-color and
white that clamp or suction cup onto your vessel.
Please refer to specific laws governing navigation lighting requirements prior to making your selection of lights for your boat. It is essential to your safety and that of your passengers.
All-round lights are designed to be visible for a full 360 degrees and are usually rated for two or three NM (nautical miles). For smaller boats (check your regulations) you can use an all-round light rather than a masthead and transom light. They are white in color. Usually available in pole (horizontal, vertical or combo mounts) deck and pedestal mount versions.
Navigation lighting regulations prevail, but for most boats less than 30-40 feet in length the standard is a light with a 225% arc, white light with 2NM (that acronym is nautical miles) that it can be seen mounted on the center of the boat. Make sure you not only know the regulations, but feel comfortable with your lighting for your own safety. Larger boats, more nautical miles to be seen required and may require a second, higher placed light.
Bases & Mounts
Match your new light up with the correct base or mount for your application as well as locate brackets and replacement bulbs.
Battery Operated Lights
Small boats and inflatable boats can now have the same quality lighting in portable, battery operated lights for a variety of navigation lighting applications. For the hunter and fisherman there are camouflage units also. You will find stern lights, and bi-color bow lights with bracket and suction cup mounting options in incandescent and LED versions.
Bow Lights are available in Bi-Color deck mount versions, Clamp or Suction Cup Mount versions and Pole Light versions.
When you slip in after dark these docking lights are there are to keep you and your passengers safe and your boat in shape. Look for bright output, wide beam pattern and mounting preferences when choosing your docking lights.
Many manufacturers offer replacement globes or lens sets to save you purchasing an entire new light when those parts are damaged or lost. If you don’t see the replacement part you need, please let us know and we’ll be glad to see if the manufacturer catalog shows one for your need.
You need a red sidelight on the port side of your boat and a green light on the starboard side. In most cases for smaller boats sidelights may be combined in one fixture on the center of the vessel. As always, your boat size determines the regulations and make sure you follow them for your own safety. It also determines the NM, or nautical miles, it must be able to be seen. The arc is from straight ahead to 112.5 degrees aft for a 225 degree total arc.
Moving to the back, or stern, of your boat this light is a white light placed as close to the stern as possible with 67.5 degrees of viewing from either side of the vessel or a total arc of 135 degrees.
The transom of your boat is the flat end of the stern right above the water line. Transom lights are white and should provide and arch of 135 degrees. They are mounted as far aft as possible.