V Dept Questions & Answers - Can a boat use rope lights as navigation lights? http://blogs-it.cgaux.org/vqa.php?tempskin=_atom b2evolution 2017-12-12T06:21:33Z Can a boat use rope lights as navigation lights? Louis Dellis http://blogs-it.cgaux.org/vqa.php/2013/07/04/can-a-boat-use-rope-lights-as-navigation-lights 2013-07-04T03:01:52Z 2013-07-04T16:20:38Z Question: Recently when I was out underway I say a boat that had red and green rope lighting for nav lights. The lighting was were your rub rail would be. It appeared that the rope was close to giving proper angle. They ended the lights on the curve of the bow. Would something like this be acceptable?

Answer: It sounds like what you are seeing are the new LED lights. If the boat is new and if the lights were installed by the manufacturer, then it would pass an inspection for a Vessel Safety Check (VSC). If someone installed a piece of rope light, then they are not. Lights need to be USCG approved and each side should shine 112.5° from center.