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Old 05-02-2019, 11:04 AM   #1
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I put red / green LED's on my pontoon they are only on the front. Do I need to add more to be seen from the side since my boat front is square? Anyone know if they have to been seen from the side?
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:19 AM   #2
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I put red / green LED's on my pontoon they are only on the front. Do I need to add more to be seen from the side since my boat front is square? Anyone know if they have to been seen from the side?
Yes they need to be visible from the side
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:24 AM   #3
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they have to be at a certain angle.
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:25 AM   #4
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Depends where and how they're mounted. Legally they have to be visible from the side, if that's what you're asking.
Texas: https://www.boat-ed.com/texas/handbo...me-Navigation/
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:33 AM   #5
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Add some more LED to each side if you feel self conscious
Lots of diy on YouTube about this very subject also some very good diy deck lights
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:45 AM   #6
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Any craft on the water at night needs a very specific set of navigation lights, and there are at least 3 lights needed the reg/green on the front/side of the craft visible from dead ahead and to the side (and it must be from the same red/green light for the corresponding side. Must be visible 112.5 degrees from dead ahead to abeam (from the side) Red/Port, Green/starboard and a running light that is white visible 225 degrees from each side of front and be a minimum of 1 meter above the navigation lights... USCG and some TPWD guys are real stickler's for these lights... they must also be on at Sundown and remain on until sunrise... Been many tickets issued for boating without lights on between daylight and sun up!! This is especially true when running the Intracoastal waterway... (what most call the intercoasal canal or ICW)...
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:48 AM   #7
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+1 on adding those strip LED lights. I put some on my fish ski, about 14” in each color, and let’s just say they’re highly visible.
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:53 AM   #8
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All-around white light — 360 degrees visible from two miles.
Sidelights — 112.5 degrees visible from one mile
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:15 PM   #10
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It had to be 112.5 degrees. The only lights that are LED that are legal are put out by a company call TACO lights. That was last year so maybe someone else has came into the market. And you can’t run down the water with all kinds of light on. You lighting can not confuse oncoming boaters as to you navigation lighting. My reccomendation is the buy Coast Guard approved 360 light and red/green navigation lights. I usually warn folks the first time and after that just ask them to press hard enough to get through all three copies. Not sure what the price is where you are but our courts are $244 for Water Safety Violations

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It had to be 112.5 degrees. The only lights that are LED that are legal are put out by a company call TACO lights. That was last year so maybe someone else has came into the market. And you canít run down the water with all kinds of light on. You lighting can not confuse oncoming boaters as to you navigation lighting. My reccomendation is the buy Coast Guard approved 360 light and red/green navigation lights. I usually warn folks the first time and after that just ask them to press hard enough to get through all three copies
Hard to fix "stupid"...
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:41 PM   #12
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:05 PM   #13
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http://www.southernliteled.com/navig...ini-kick-pair/

Super small/super bright. might be good for the use you need
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:04 AM   #14
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Thanks all looks like I need to get USCG approved lights on it. Thank you all for your input.
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