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BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL TOI MOANA

Lights at night

These are the lights that any craft must show from sunset to sunrise and also in or near restricted visibility. They vary according to a crafts size and there are different lights for vessels under power and vessels under sail.

Power driven vessels underway

Over 50m

Masthead light - second masthead light aft and higher - sidelights - sternlights

Power vessel over 50m

Under 50m

Masthead light - sidelights and sternlight

Power vessel under 50m

Under 12m

May show all-round white light (instead of masthead light and sternlight) + sidelights.

Power vessel under 12m

Under 7m and speed under 7 knots

May show all round white light only.

Power vessel under 7m

Vessels under sail

Sidelights and sternlights only - no masthead light.

Sail vessel - no masthead

Under 20m may have combined masthead lantern (red/green/white) with no other lights.

Sail vessel - under 20m

(Rare) A yacht may carry an all-round red over green, plus side and stren lights.

Sail vessel - rare

A sailing yacht when motor sailing shows the same lights

Sailing vessel - motor

Non powered vessels under 7m i.e. canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and rowing dinghies must show a white light or use a torch to indicate its presence.

Vessels at anchor

Under 50m

All round white light forward

Anchor under 50m

Over 50m

A second white aft (lower than for'd light)

Anchor over 50m

By day

One ball 

Anchor by day