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#6971456 - 11/24/17 05:04 PM Light Bar Legality
TOMCAT21 Offline


Registered: 04/15/09
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Loc: Keller, TX
Was told by a Game Warden today that running your boat at night with the front light bar on is illegal as it would destroy other boaters night vision. Has anyone else heard this?

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#6971460 - 11/24/17 05:12 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
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Never heard that
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#6971485 - 11/24/17 05:51 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
Windrider Offline
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Never heard that either. Iíd ask for the specific law citation.

The ticket cost less than the damage from the stumps Iím going to hit without it.
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#6971487 - 11/24/17 05:51 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
Cowboy9215 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/13
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I have, if the light bar is on 2 things happen. You blind the heck out of on coming boaters, and other boaters canít see your front bow lights. I donít know if youíve ever looked into one of those lights head on. You canít see nothing

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#6971498 - 11/24/17 06:02 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
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Registered: 09/16/13
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Your duck hunting , you are probably all headed in the same direction.
I have one on my duckboat and my catfish center console. Never had an issue. I'd rather ask for forgiveness
Than ask for permission. Most GW are at the ramp when you return. So I don't see the ticket issue.
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#6971973 - 11/25/17 09:40 AM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
GravyWheels Offline
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Biggest illegal part they will ticket you on is that you can not see your red/green nav lights, which by law, must be visible. Most light bars are mounted down right over the front nav lights on the front deck and you can't see them. That and they are blindingly bright to obscure pretty much everything else.

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#6972029 - 11/25/17 10:39 AM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
rexmitchell Offline
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It depends on where the lights are and how they are mounted. The fishermen on lake Austin got hammered on this a while back. Down at the bottom of this article there is a little info:

https://www.lsonews.com/boat-light-strips-must-meet-uscg-standards/

And here is more info:

http://www.austinbassfishing.com/forum/m...pdate-uscg.html


Edited by rexmitchell (11/25/17 10:48 AM)

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#6972105 - 11/25/17 01:04 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
trainer21 Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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I can count the GW's I,ve seen on the water on one hand in 10 yrs...They all sit at the ramp at 8 am on...I'd take the ticket just to see one

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#6972150 - 11/25/17 02:26 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
Erichugh22 Offline
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Wouldn't any kind of spotlight or bright light hurt other boaters night vision?
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#6972190 - 11/25/17 03:36 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: Erichugh22]
rexmitchell Offline
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Originally Posted By: Erichugh22
Wouldn't any kind of spotlight or bright light hurt other boaters night vision?


Yes, the Lake Austin guys got targeted for that as well.

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#6972444 - 11/25/17 08:27 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
shalor Offline
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Registered: 01/02/11
Posts: 69
My best fishing and hunting buddy is our local game warden. He says you can only use one as a searchlight but not as a running light. I run mine at night and turn it off if I see anyone coming. My argument is going to be Iím searching for the next intercoastal buoy or marker. I would rather do that then almost run over some things I have almost run over in the dark in the past. If I am running at twilight and can still see good, I just have my navigation lights on and leave the lightbar off.

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#6972680 - 11/26/17 08:06 AM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: shalor]
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I bet titanic captain wishes they had a light bar.

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#6972921 - 11/26/17 01:17 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: Guy]
Merican Duck Hunter Offline
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Originally Posted By: Guy
I bet titanic captain wishes they had a light bar.
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#6974674 - 11/27/17 10:44 PM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
SeaAggie2015 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/16
Posts: 76
When you can tell me the difference between a light bar on a duck boat and these bow fishing rigs glowing like the sun I'll worry about it. Haven't ever heard of a game warden stopping a bow fishing boat because the lights.


Edited by SeaAggie2015 (11/27/17 10:44 PM)
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#6974793 - 11/28/17 07:25 AM Re: Light Bar Legality [Re: TOMCAT21]
TxDuck24 Offline
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I just recently got stopped by the coast guard and was told the same thing. If there is someone within the lighted distance your suppose to turn your light bar off so they can see your nav lights. And you can turn them on after you pass the other boater
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