Installation and alignment of navigation lights

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Installation and alignment of navigation lights


The axis of a navigation light must be aligned perpendicular to the construction waterline (CWL) using levelling pieces if necessary. Navigation lights that have been installed askew illuminate the sky or the water but do not serve their intended purpose.

Heading marks on navigation lights (only on sector lights) must be aligned exactly in forward direction.

Navigation lights shall not be obscured either by built-in components (bow pulpit, rails, headstay with furling genoa) or by mobile equipment (anchor, flagstaff, stand-by outboard motor, swimming ladder, fenders in baskets, dinghy).

Navigation lights that have been damaged during clumsy berthing manoeuvres should either be repaired at a BSH approved workshop or replaced completely. The same applies to lights that have become dull during use.

As a matter of principle, you should use only approved incandescent lamps with the correct wattage in your navigation lights. Approved incandescent lamps are marked with the letters ZP, an anchor, the letter D, and a four-digit number.

The approval for your navigation light becomes invalid if you use a non-approved incandescent lamp.

Here are some photographs of navigation lights

Note: the deficiencies shown are rare examples. The condition of the navigation lights shown does not imply in any way that the navigation light of a particular manufacturer is below standard.

Any questions you may have concerning the installation of navigation lights on pleasure craft should be addressed to the Wasserschutzpolizei or the Wasser- und Schifffahrtsdirektion in your navigation area.

Navigation lights

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