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Old 07-06-2005, 01:21 PM
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Is there a minimum height requirement for a transom/stern light?
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Must be visible in all directions 360deg, obstruction free.
That's it.

But, If that's not possible, you can have 2.

For instance, on my boat, I have one light mounted on the transom, which you can see from the aft 180deg, and another on the windshield, which you can see from ahead.

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Default Re: Is there a minimum height for a transom/stern light?

I thought the Anchor light had to be visible in all Directions,
and the Stern 135 while running. I have stern 180 and a Anchor light in front of the windscreen, but I cant see a thing if I run with it on.

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It is a height requirement above the bow light, 36" i think, but it has something to do with the length of the boat. check on the coast guard web site.
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" BOATS UNDER 12 METERS (39.4')

Sailboats-Separate or combination red and green sidelights, 112.5, visible 1 n.m. White stern light, 135, visible 2 n.m. OR, tri-color masthead light.

Powerboats-Separate or combination red and green sidelights, 112.5, visible 1 n.m., placed above hull at least 1 meter (3.3') below masthead light. Masthead: white, 225, visible 2 n.m., at least 1 meter above side lights. White stern light, 135, visible 2 n.m. OR, one all-round (360) white light (should also have sidelights). "
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