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Old 15 December 2015, 04:15   #1
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Lights on 4.5m Inflatable

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I have a 4.5 meter eurocraft with a 30hp engine on it. I am looking to use it at night and i am looking for advive regarding what lights i should fit to it.

I have looked on the RYA website and i think i only need an all round white light, however, my inflatable is under 7 meteres however it will go faster than 7knts.

Is there something else i need to do ( red and green side lights) to ensure that i am doing it the correct way.

Thanks in advance for your help with this.

Alex

PS the boat does not have a "A" frame.
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Old 15 December 2015, 06:27   #2
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however it will go faster than 7knts.
The correct way is an all round white positioned 1m above a red and green port and stbd light.

You can put the white light on a pole.

Do you have a battery / power?
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Old 15 December 2015, 07:06   #3
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If you look on the railblaza website you will find attachments to make up navigation lights and many other useful items for kayaking, but they will be just as good on an inflatable.
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Railblazar lights and poles are far less bother than wiring up permanent lights. I have a mount on my console with an extendable pole that the light attaches to the top.

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Old 15 December 2015, 11:14   #5
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If you look on the railblaza website you will find attachments to make up navigation lights and many other useful items for kayaking, but they will be just as good on an inflatable.
Not sure about Scotland, but in the US, most of those would be [technically] illegal for use on a boat capable of more than (as I recall) 6mph. You'd need to look at the coding on the actual light fixture (or rather see what the manufacturers have listed as the coding, as it's probably not on the fixture itself.)

That said, I have never seen anyone cited for using lights that operate, but are not up to spec for their particular vessel. I have seen vessels cited for lack of lights.

A simple 1.5 or 2 meter pole with white on top and sidelights a meter below would be legal (though you would need to pay attention to orientation.) Light mounting positions on small boats tend to be rather flexible.

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