Originally Posted by David M
The COLREG's, including it Annexes are adopted as law in the US Code of Federal Regulations
. Contained in the annexes are the technical specifications of navigation
lights. These laws have been in the CFR's for a long long time.
Not talking about that.
Note that I used CG approved and ColRegs specifically in different areas.
From bottom of:
Prior to April 1997, manufacturers of
navigation lights for recreational vessels
could voluntarily apply for a Coast
Guard ‘‘letter of acceptance’’ for each
light fixture placed on the market, and
if granted, the manufacturer could state
that the light was ‘‘USCG Accepted’’ on
the package. The letter of acceptance
was an indication that the Coast Guard
had reviewed a laboratory report
submitted by the light manufacturer and
that based on a comparison of the report
with the navigation rules, the Coast
Guard did not object to the item being
offered for sale to the boating public.
Since letters of acceptance were never a
requirement, were not equivalent to
‘‘USCG Approval’’ and were therefore a
source of confusion, as of April 1997,
letters of acceptance are no longer
issued. Currently there is no way for
boat manufacturers and the boating
public to determine whether navigation
light fixtures they purchase comply
with applicable requirements in the
Navigation Rules, except for light
manufacturers’ statements in that
So I was wrong about the dates, 1997 comments were solicited, it seems around 2004 it was passed.