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#12245046 - 05/14/17 12:16 PM Marine LED Lighting....
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Loc: Hitchcock,Tx.
Coast Guard Approved or Not?

Edited by V-Bottom (05/14/17 01:56 PM)
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#12249442 - 05/17/17 08:33 AM Re: Marine LED Lighting.... [Re: V-Bottom]
TX0303 Offline

Registered: 03/19/15
Posts: 125
Loc: WilCo
I think these are illegal because you can't control the angle at which they can be seen.

#12256875 - 05/22/17 09:23 AM Re: Marine LED Lighting.... [Re: V-Bottom]
Bob Landry Offline
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This topic comes up about once a week. By definition, they are not USCG approved. The angle of visibility should be straight on to 112.5 degrees on each side. Anything else is up to your local GW/Lake Patrol. Many here argue up and down about it being OK, but the final say-so comes from the judge.
Just looking at the length of the strings and the shape of the bow, My vote goes for not legal, but then, who am I to say.
Stick with the factory installed lighting. Even some of those aren't legal, but at least if you get a ticket for lights, you have a defense in that you didn't install them.
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#12257241 - 05/22/17 12:24 PM Re: Marine LED Lighting.... [Re: V-Bottom]
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I agree with Bob, most of what is out there is likely not meeting the criteria set forth in the USCG rules. I do believe that rub rail lighting could be made to be compliant, but would require a lot of testing and attention to detail during installation to achieve the proper viewing angles. I seriously doubt that is happening on most installations.

I will continue to runt he factory lighting on my rig for the reasons Bob stated, if mine is not legal then at least I can blame it on the manufacturer.

I do have lights installed under the rub rail, and have even been told by a GW that mine don't obstruct viewing the required nav lighting. But even given that, I rarely run them while underway. If you run into me while I'm anchored and using them to fish with, then you are blind and/or shouldn't be operating a boat in any conditions.
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