- Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:33 pm
Okay, since someone still can't admit he's speaking out of place, here's Rule 20. It's the law:
PART C—LIGHTS AND SHAPES
(a) Rules in this Part shall be complied with in all weathers.
(b) The Rules concerning lights shall be complied with from sunset to
sunrise, and during such times no other lights shall be exhibited, except
such lights as cannot be mistaken for the lights specified in these Rules or
do not impair their visibility or distinctive character, or interfere with the
keeping of a proper look-out.
(c) The lights prescribed by these Rules shall, if carried, also be exhibited
from sunrise to sunset in restricted visibility and may be exhibited in all other
circumstances when it is deemed necessary.
(d) The Rules concerning shapes shall be complied with by day.
(e) The lights and shapes specified in these Rules shall comply with the
provisions of Annex I of these Rules.
Now, if you're an incredibly awesome person with an agenda and an ego, all of this doesn't matter. But if you're a mere mortal, you may find yourself in a situation where the lights in or on your kayak become a factor in an incident. If you are displaying green lights all over, for instance, you aren't in compliance. Or if you have cockpit lights on constantly, which affect your night vision, you aren't in compliance. Somehow, I doubt that incredibly awesome person who says, "It is neither illegal nor wrong to add them to your own kayak if you want.", even after having been shown that he is wrong, will be showing up at the scene to straighten out those incompetent authorities on your behalf, and I doubt that he will assume the liabilities from a tragedy, if one should result, from your putting those lights on your boat and being involved in an incident as a result.
If you want to know whether the lights you are considering are legal, read the statute. Don't rely on someone who hasn't a clue what he is talking about, or who won't admit he is speaking out of place. Because the statute is what will determine what is or is not legal in court. How many times an ignorant fool did it and wasn't cited will mean nothing. If you are an adult, you can choose which way you go. But you should base your choice on the facts, not some egotist's agenda.