Florida is the place for recreational boating. With spring already in the air, everyone is anticipating the summer boating season and preparing for bikini ready weather. Being prepared for your recreational fun on the boat is important as well, especially for nighttime boating. Here are some relevant laws to keep in mind as you cast out your line, or go for a ride this summer in the dark.
Nighttime Boating Laws for Tampa
- According to Federal law, vessels of any size must display one or a combination of red, green, white or yellow lights, these colors show vessel length, and the direction the ship is traveling.
- Between Sunset and Sunrise, and when visibility is limited such as fog, or rain navigation lights must be illuminated.
- Both day and night, boats are to be operated at appropriate speeds in consideration to weather, waves, and traffic conditions. At night, that often means slowing down.
- Boats are prohibited from towing skiers from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise.
- As an operator, you are the one responsible for the proper display of navigation lights.
- While driving, the only lights that should be visible to other boats are the red and green lights and the white stern or masthead light. Turn off or dim cockpit and cabin lights to avoid confusing other boats.
Tampa Bay’s Personal Injury Lawyer
Boating at nighttime can be a great experience, but is often a time when other boaters can be negligent and cause harm. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a boat accident, we are here to help. Call for a fast, free consultation at (727) 308-6060, or contact Bryan Caulfield online to get professional and compassionate care for your unique boating injury case.