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Old 08-20-2015, 11:45 AM
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A friend of mine recently got stopped on a local lake for running at night with his underwater LED lights on. I had no idea that it was illegal .....I see a lot of videos on manufacturers websites that have underwater lights as an option doing this very same thing. Could this just be a Texas law? or has anyone else had this happen to them?
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I run the boat with the underwater lights at night almost every weekend in Miami and the keys .... never had an issue.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:50 AM
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Seems a little nit picky
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Jealous officer...
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What's the purpose of having underwater lights while underway, or while docked for that matter?
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Ordinarily I'd say no. Work lights are allowed. However I was at a restaurant last week and the guy tied up in front of me had powerful underwater lights on his transom that were just below the waterline. With the tiniest bit of wave action they were coming out of the water and blinding me when I was leaving. If he had them on while running they would be a hazard to navigation.

That's probably what your friend was cited for.
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Or for keeping the fish awake.
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Originally Posted by Keukasmallie View Post
What's the purpose of having underwater lights while underway, or while docked for that matter?


Why have chrome wheels or pinstripes?
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:18 PM
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I can see your point as far as the lights coming out of the water...but to me if you are out away from (Not in close proximity) other boats....to me the more visible my boat is the better. As it is not interfering with the normal running lights. But that is my opinion.....the law often differs from my opinion it seems.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:23 PM
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The only legal lights on a boat underway are those prescribed by the USCG. That does not include underwater lights.
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I guess they're used to set the mood when your banging your old lady out in the dark.
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Originally Posted by bigjimmie View Post
Why have chrome wheels or pinstripes?
.....my main reason would be because it looks cool (Silly maybe ...but at least I am being honest).....and in my opinion I see nothing wrong with it.......
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:47 PM
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The only legal lights on a boat underway are those prescribed by the USCG. That does not include underwater lights.
I believe required is the word, not legal. not to interfere with the navigation lights might be the reason for your popularity with the troopers.
the underwater lights might have been dazzling, as mentioned above.
take it to court and let us all know.
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APPLICATION (From Rule 20) Rules in this part shall be complied with in all
weathers. Rules concerning lights apply from sunset
to sunrise. During such times no other lights shall be
exhibited, except lights that cannot be mistaken for and
that do not impair the visibility or distinctive character of
the lights specified in these Rules, or interfere with the
keeping of a proper lookout.
The lights specified in these Rules shall also be
exhibited from sunrise to sunset in restricted visibility
and may be exhibited in other circumstances when
deemed necessary.
The Rules concerning shapes shall be compiled with
by day.

So unless your underwater lights are interfering with your nav lights, there shouldn't be anything illegal about them.
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I know on Lake Winipesaukee in NH, if you have them on you get a ticket.
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See it all the time; had no idea it was illegal anywhere
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This is from NH.

"The Marine Patrol would also remind boaters that any light being exhibited in addition to the prescribed navigation lights for their vessel is also illegal. After-market accent light fixtures have become very popular the last several years with the emergence of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. Boat operators must extinguish these types of lights before getting underway on the water."



Marine Patrol will be addressing these issues through education and enforcement. Voluntary compliance is appreciated. Please contact Marine Patrol Headquarters in Gilford at 603-293-2037 with any questions.
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If they aren't red, green or white why is it illegal? So what about larger vessels with deck lights, cabin lights etc?
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The police officer would never have a boat like yours because he chose to run no economic risks and chose that others should feed him for bothering those who are enjoying life while he is at work .... in other words plain misery of soul .......... at least that would be the explanation in Spain .. pure envy .......... and a will to punish others for nothing .............

He felt GREAT imposing his authority over you with his flashy uniform that you paid, and could not accept the idea that you spent half of his month wage in some lights that in no way he could afford ..........
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Because they can distort, obscure or otherwise make navigation lights harder to see. They also have the effect of ruining the operator's night vision.
I like the zero tolerance from NH. Without it there would inevitably be yahoos running around with LED light bars.

The darker the better.
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It would be silly for a cop not to want every boat lit up as much as possible.
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