1NAVIGATION RULES -INLAND- LIGHTS & SHAPES Lights on your boat are for the benefit of other boaters. If properly displayed, your lights indicate the type of vessel, size of vessel, direction of travel, mode of operation (underway vs. anchored), etc.With that information, the operators of vessels can apply the Nav Rules at night.Without properly displayed lights, the risk of night boating is greatly increased.Inland Navigation Rules Act of Rules 20 through 31Developed and provided courtesy of Ohio Dept. Natural Resources
2DisclaimerThe Rules presented in this program are an overview of summarized versions of the Inland Navigation Rules.This program should not be considered a substitute for a complete version of the entire Inland Navigation Rules.The summarized rules in this program could be interpreted differently than the complete rules of the Inland Navigation Rules.
3Application of Lighting Rules (Rule 20) Application of Lighting Rules (OAC 1501:47:2-20)Application of Lighting Rules (Rule 20)Lighting rules shall be complied with:in all weatherfrom sunset to sunrise local timesunrise to sunset in restricted visibilityall other times it is deemed necessary
4Application of Lighting Rules (Rule 20) Application of Lighting Rules (OAC 1501:47:2-20)Application of Lighting Rules (Rule 20)No other lights shall be displayed except lights that:cannot be mistaken for required lightsdo not impair visibility of required lightsdo not interfere with keeping a proper look-out
5Definitions for Lighting (Rule 21) Definitions for Lighting (OAC 1501:47:2-21)Masthead light - 225º white light showing ahead to 22.5º abaft the beam on both sidesSidelights º green light (starboard) and red light (port) showing ahead to 22.5º abaft the beam May be one combined light on vessels less than 20 metersSternlight - 135º white light showing 67.5º from right aft on each sideAll-round light - 360º white light showing all around the horizon
6Visibility of Lights (Rule 22) Type of light < 12 meters 12 meters or > Masthead light 2 miles 3-5 milesSidelights 1 mile 2 milesStern light 2 miles 2 milesAll-round light 2 miles 2 miles
8Power-Driven Vessel Underway (Rule 23) Vessels less than 20 meters (65.6 feet)Sidelights may be combined in one light.Under Power
9Power-Driven Vessel Underway (Rule 23) Vessels less than 12 meters (39.4 feet)May exhibit an all-around light instead of masthead and stern lights.
10Sailing Vessel Underway (Rule 25) Vessels less than 20 meters (65.6 feet)
11Sailing Vessel Underway (Rule 25) Vessel less than 7 meters (23 feet)Exhibit same lights as larger sailing vessels if practical.If not practical, exhibit an electric torch or lantern showing a white light in time to prevent collision.
12Vessel Under Oars (Rule 25) May exhibit lights for sailing vessels or have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light in time to prevent collision.
13Vessel at Anchor (Rule 30) Vessel at anchor (less than 50 meters) Except:a vessel less than 20 meters (65.6 feet) at anchor in a special anchoragea vessel less than 7 meters (23.0 feet) at anchor and not in a narrow channel, fairway or where other vessels normally navigate
14Power-Driven Vessel Underway (Rule 23) Typical of Great Lakes freighterDanger: The distance between lights on a ship may be so far that an unaware boater hits the vessel broadside.
15Vessel Pushing (Rule 24) Vessel Pushing Typical of Ohio River barges FlashingBargesDanger: The distance between lights on barges may be so far that an unaware boater hits the vessel broadside.
16DANGER: Unlighted cable spans between vessels Vessel TowingVessel Towing (Rule 24)Vessel being towedDANGER: Unlighted cable spans between vesselsDanger: The distance between vessels may be so far that an unaware boater hits the towline between the vessels.Object being towed
18More Lights More Lights Vessel not under command (Rule 27) Vessel restricted in maneuverability (Rule 27)When making way through the water, these vessels also display masthead, side and stern lights.When at anchor these vessels also display anchor light
19More Lights More Lights Fishing vessels (Rule 26) When making way through the water these vessels also display masthead, side and stern lightsVessel engaged in diving (Rule 27)
20Day ShapesDay ShapesIn addition to lights, some vessels are required to display shapes to indicate a special circumstanceExample:A vessel towing with severely restricted maneuverability displays 2 balls and 1 diamond in a vertical line (Rule 27)Ball Diamond BallWhile recreational vessels typically do not carry dayshapes, the following rules still apply.Towing with severely restricted maneuverability
21Day Shapes Day Shapes Cone shape, apex down Sailing vessels under sail and power must display a cone shape, apex facing downexcept a vessel less than 12 meters (39.4 feet) is not obliged(Rule 25)Under sail and power
22Under 23 feet not required Day ShapesDay ShapesA vessel at anchor must display a ball on the forward part of the vessel, except:a vessel less than 20 meters (65.6 feet) at anchor in a special anchoragea vessel less than 7 meters (23.0 feet) at anchor and not in a narrow channel, fairway or where other vessels normally navigateBall(Rule 30)Under 23 feet not required
23Day ShapesDay ShapesA vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver shall display 2 balls and 1 diamond in a vertical line.A vessel not under command shall display 2 balls in a vertical line.Vessels less than 12 meters are not required, except when engaged in diving.(Rule 27)
24Day ShapesDay ShapesIf the size of a vessel engaged in diving makes it impracticable to display shapes for restricted ability to maneuver, it shall display a rigid replica of the code flag “A”.(Rule 27)Rigid replica of code flag “A”- One meter in height - All around visibilityUse of this dayshape does not affect use of the “diver down” flag. The red flag with a white diagonal stripe is used in addition to mark the location of the divers.Does not affect use of “diver down” flagSmall vessel engaged in diving
25Vessel engaged in fishing Day ShapesA vessel engaged in fishing shall display 2 cones in a vertical line with apexes together2 cones with apexes together(Rule 26)Vessel engaged in fishing
26Day ShapesDay ShapesA vessel aground shall display 3 balls in a vertical line, if practicable3 balls in a vertical line(Rule 30)
27Day Shapes Day Shapes Vessel Shape Exemptions Vessel Under Sail & Power Cone > 12mAnchored Ball > 7m (not in channel) > 20m (in anchorage)Aground 3 Balls (vert. line) > 12mNot Under Command 2 Balls (vert. line) > 12mRestricted in Ability 1 Ball + 1 Diamond > 12m (except dive boats) to Maneuver + 1 Ball (vert. line)Diving (restricted in Same as above Shapes not practical ability to maneuver) (must display “A” flag)Fishing (commercial) 2 Cones (vert. line) > 20m (but must display (nets or trawling) basket shape)Vessel Towing Diamond Tow > 200mVessel Being Towed Diamond Tow > 200m