Fitting navigational lights

By law, navigation lights and their installation on recreational vessels are required to comply with the positioning and technical requirements of an international agreement, commonly known as the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGS) which has been adopted in Victorian marine safety law.

Marine safety authorities enforce the requirements of the COLREGS and can provide a summary of those requirements as they apply in your local area. 

Which vessels need to have lights fitted? 

All vessels must show lights if operating at night or in restricted visibility. Even a vessel that does not travel between dusk and dawn may still need to show lights, for example, during a heavy rain shower or when at anchor.

Vessels operating by sail or rowing are required to show different lights to those motoring. However, a yacht must comply with the power vessel lighting requirements when under motor.

Further reading

Chapter 3 of the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook has detailed information on specific types of navigational lights and how to install them safely.