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BrianZ

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I think I read somewhere wink.gif that some of you guys yak at nite. Are running lights required on a yak? ocean or bay? it's probably safer but is it required on a nonmotarized vessel? (IN my crystal ball I see a arriving in time for christmas biggrin.gif )

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I don't know the legalities of having a light or not, but a couple of the places I've considered taking the kayak at night are near some shallow flats, and not near any shorebound lights. Some of the guys that fish the area from small skiffs run without lights in these areas, since it's easier to see without a glare coming from your bow & stern. For that reason alone, I wouldn't venture out without a light.

 

I have the light, I just have to install it.

 

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John B

mako@bellatlantic.net

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If I'm not mistaken, NJ law required a vessel of yak size to have one stern light on it, the red/green bow light is optional. I usually just have my neck light on and if a boat is approaching I'll turn the light on so the cockpit lights up and the boat can see me. biggrin.gif

 

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Dubs a.k.a., Charlie

dubs@stripersonline.com

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Vessels under oars may display the lights prescribed for sailing vessels, but if not, must have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light to be displayed in sufficient time to prevent collision.

 

If you're at anchor.......

 

Anchored Vessels

Power-driven vessels and sailing vessels at anchor must display anchor lights. An anchor light for a vessel less than 50 meters in length is an all-around white light visible for 2 miles exhibited where it can best be seen. and 2 all-round white lights for greater than 50 meters

 

If you add a trolling motor.......

 

Power-driven vessels of less than 7 meters whose maximum speed cannot exceed 7 knots may exhibit an all-around white light, and if practicable sidelights instead of the lights prescribed above, in international waters only.

 

These are the rules as far as the Coast Guard goes. I would definitely suggest some sort of a light any time you're somewhere there might be some boat traffic. I know some back bay spots may not be too populated and you can get away without one but in areas like Shark River I would definitely have one. I was in SR a few weeks ago in a canoe drifting the bridges when we were promptly escorted back to land by the Coast Guard. We had headlamps but they said we were under power so we needed an all-around white light. Make sure you have your life jacket also.

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