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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Chapter 420. Watercraft: Navigation Lights and Shapes
1/23/2020

4VAC15-420-60. Sailing Vessels Underway and Vessels under Oars.

A. A sailing vessel underway shall exhibit:

1. Sidelights; and

2. A sternlight.

B. In a sailing vessel of less than 65.6 feet (20 meters) in length, the lights prescribed in subsection A of this section may be combined in one lantern carried at or near the top of the mast where it can best be seen.

C. A sailing vessel underway may, in addition to the lights prescribed in subsection A of this section, exhibit at or near the top of the mast, where they can best be seen, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower green, but these lights shall not be exhibited in conjunction with the combined lantern permitted by subsection B of this section.

D. A sailing vessel of less than 23 feet (7 meters) in length shall, if practicable, exhibit the lights prescribed in subsection A or B of this section, but if not, shall have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light that shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.

E. A vessel under oars may exhibit the lights prescribed above for sailing vessels, but if not, shall have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light that shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.

F. A vessel proceeding under sail when also being propelled by machinery shall exhibit forward where it can best be seen a conical shape, apex downward. A vessel of less than 39.4 feet (12 meters) in length is not required to exhibit this shape, but may do so.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501, 29.1-502, 29.1-701, and 29.1-735 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 19, Issue 05, eff. January 1, 2003.

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