Title 33 NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
PART 183 BOATS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
Subpart M—Navigation Lights
USCG-1999-6580, 66 FR 55091, Nov. 1, 2001, unless otherwise noted.
This subpart applies to recreational vessel manufacturers,
distributors, and dealers installing such equipment in new recreational
vessels constructed after November 1, 2002.
As used in this subpart:
Dealer means any person who is
engaged in the sale and distribution of recreational vessels to purchasers
who the seller in good faith believes to be purchasing any such
recreational vessel for purposes other than resale.
Distributor means any person
engaged in the sale and distribution of recreational vessels for the
purpose of resale.
Manufacturer means any person
(1) The manufacture, construction, or assembly of recreational vessels,
(2) The importation of recreational vessels into the United States for
Navigation lights are those
lights prescribed by the Navigation Rules (Commandant Instruction 16672.2
series) to indicate a vessel's presence, type, operation, and relative
§183.810 Navigation light certification
(a) Except as provided by paragraph (b) of this section, each
navigation light must—
(1) Meet the technical standards of the applicable Navigation Rules;
(2) Be certified by a laboratory listed by the Coast Guard to the
standards of ABYC A-16 (incorporated by reference, see §183.5) or
equivalent, although portable battery-powered lights need only meet the
requirements of the standard applicable to them; and
(3) Bear a permanent and indelible label that is visible without
removing or disassembling the light and that states the following:
(i) “USCG Approval 33 CFR 183.810.”
(ii) “MEETS___.” (Insert the identification name or number of the
standard under paragraph (a)(2) of this section, to which the laboratory
(iii) “TESTED BY___.” (Insert the name or registered certification-mark
of the laboratory listed by the Coast Guard that tested the fixture to the
standard under paragraph (a)(2) of this section.)
(iv) Name of manufacturer.
(v) Number of model.
(vi) Visibility of the light in nautical miles.
(vii) Date on which the light was type-tested.
(viii) Identification and specifications of the bulb used in the
(b) If a light is too small to attach the required label—
(1) Place the information from the label in or on the package that
contains the light; and
(2) Mark each light “USCG” followed by the certified range of
visibility in nautical miles (nm), for example, “USCG 2nm”. Once
installed, this mark must be visible without removing the light.