Towing Over 50 metres

Please note that it would be perfectly legal for an under-50 metre towing vessel to display the lights shown on this page

However, the lights below are legal for an over-50 metre towing vessel and are based on normal navigation lights for an over-50 metre power vessel with the addition of two forward masthead lights and a yellow towing light.

Please note that the “overr 50 metres” phrase refers to the length of the vessel and not the length of the tow-line.

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Towing vessel, 50 metres or more with a tow of more than 200 metres, Making Way, bow view

Towing vessel, 50 metres or more with a tow of more than 200 metres, Making Way, Stern View.

Towing vessel, 50 metres or more with a tow of more than 200 metres, Making Way, port view. Note that the RHS port side light is from the vessel being towed.

Towing vessel, 50 metres or more with a tow of less than 200 metres, Making Way, bow view

Towing vessel, 50 metres or more with a tow of less than 200 metres, Making Way, Stern View.

Towing vessel, 50 metres or more with a tow of less than 200 metres, Making Way, port view. Note that the RHS port side light is from the vessel being towed.

Memory Aids - “TOW” is composed of “TO” and a “W”.   So you add TwO White lights to the normal vessel for a TwO hundred metre tow. 
 
“TOW” ends in “
OW” - the same as Yellow - so the vessel has a YellOW on the end (stern)

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