We have had reports of boats with inadequate lighting this year. With the increased number of boats outside of our marina, this is all the more important now. Please note that lights must be bright enough to be clearly visible from 100 yards away.
Lights are required anytime the sun drops below the West Hills or behind the Waterfront Condos, which is shortly after 5:00 pm right now. It may still appear light outside but a cloudy sky can make things darker very quickly. We need to be safe and keep the boats as visible as possible.
The DSUSA Safety Rules & Guidelines state:
Red and green bow lights and a white stern light must be displayed on DSUSA boats used between sunset and sunrise and during any other period of limited visibility. Lights should be bright enough to be visible from at least 100 yards away.
Teams in violation of the Safety Rules & Guidelines may be penalized, fined, or even suspended.
The DSUSA Team Boat Rental Terms state:
Teams must provide their own lights for paddling between sunset and sunrise.
There are a few marine supply stores in Portland that carry lights that will work with dragon boats or you can do an online search for "portable navigation lights" and come up with many reasonably-priced options.