Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R651. Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

Rule R651-216. Navigation Lights - Note: Figures 1 through 7 mentioned below are on file with the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R651-216-1. Navigation Lights On Motorboats Less Than 40 Feet.

Motorboats of less than 40 feet in length shall exhibit the navigation lights shown in either figure 1, 2, or 3.

R651-216-2. Navigation Lights On Motorboats 40 Feet or Greater in Length.

Motorboats 40 feet in length or greater in length shall exhibit the navigation lights shown in either figure 1 or 2.

R651-216-3. Navigation Lights On Sailboats.

Sailboats shall exhibit the navigation lights shown in either figure 4, 5, or 6.

R651-216-4. Navigation Lights On Sailboats Under Motor Power.

A sailboat under motor power shall exhibit the motorboat navigation light requirements.

R651-216-5. Navigation Lights On Manually Propelled Vessels.

A vessel manually propelled may exhibit the navigation lights required for sailboats or have ready at hand a flashlight or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be displayed in sufficient time to prevent collision (figure 7).

R651-216-6. Displaying All Around White Anchor Light On Vessels At Anchor.

Vessels at anchor shall display an all-round white anchor light unless anchored in a designated mooring area.

R651-216-7. Visible Range.


     LOCATION          CLASS A,   CLASS 3    DEGREES
                       1, or 2

     Masthead light    2 miles    3 miles    225
     All-round light   2 miles    2 miles    360
     Side lights       1 mile     2 miles    112.5
     Stern light       2 miles    2 miles    135

R651-216-8. Use of Non-Navigational Lights.

Vessels may only display lights as outlined above, except: (a) a spotlight or other non-navigational light may be used intermittently to locate a hazard to navigation, or (b) non-navigational lights may be used during a federal or state permitted marine parade, or (c) a spotlight or other non-navigational light may be used when actively engaged in fishing, bow fishing or scientific research on board vessels that are not in a navigational channel and that are being operated at a wakeless speed.



Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 8, 2013

Notice of Continuation

January 7, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R651, please contact the promulgating agency (Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.