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  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

  • March 2014
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European Lighting Regs

Posted by contentedsouls on 07/03/2014

Navigation lights are a mandatory requirement on continental inland waterways, and they apparently are very strict about it, unlike here in UK.

However, as with all the regs in Europe, there are different requirements depending on the length of you boat, and the cut off is 20 Mtrs. the main difference is that above 20 Mtrs all navigation lights have to be a minimum of 8 inches square. Now that’s not very pretty on a Narra.

Fortunately Matilda Rose comes in at 19.82 Mtrs, but we are having to fit extra lighting to cover the CEVNI Regs. Firstly 225 degree forward facing white Navigation light with 3nm visibility, set 2.5 Mtrs above the Gunwhale and dusk to dawn Anchor light. Both these are going to be mounted on the extending pole where at present we have the TV aerial. A little bit of carpentry and carving required me thinks.


That is now the last of the modifications we have needed to do to MR complete, well almost, I still need to complete the electrics for the front mast, which will include a dusk to dawn sensor for the Anchor light.

3 Responses to “European Lighting Regs”

  1. Graham, when did the masthead light change to 320 deg.? with no other light arcs changing there will be an overlap when viewed from the stern quarters.




  2. mike said

    On Temujin, only the masthead and anchor lights are fixed. The green, red and stern lights are easily detachable from short stub mountings and are stored away in the engine room. They are deployed when needed which is very rare. There are a couple of tunnels in France that require navigation lights to be illuminated, strange this as the tunnels are not passing tunnels and they are all well lit with fluorescent strip lights throughout. Moorings on commercial navigations require an anchor light but elsewhere not many boats bother.


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