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Re: New Safety Rules?

Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Pretty sloppy proof reading in the above.. I think it should read:

6. Each boat must have a permanently installed manual bilge pump which is operable from the cockpit with handle attached via catch or lanyard.

7. The boat shall have USCG approved sound devices, flares and fire extinguisher.

8. For PHRF Baywide, existing lifelines that meet PHRF standards are grandfathered but replacements must be to the new standards. Therefore if your old vinyl-covered lifeline fails it must be replaced with either bare stainless or HMPE of the size specified in the regulations.

9. For PHRF Baywide, the engine must have fuel to run at the specified speed for 4 hours. For outboards with integral tanks and battery outboards, spare fuel and battery may be necessary.

10. For PHRF Baywide, a 11.5” radar reflector and suitable anchor chain and line shall be carried.

Agree that this was inevitable given the experiences of the last season's events...
Uh...does anyone really think that these safety precautions are unreasonable? Especially #7, which I thought was required of all recreational vessels over a certain length, anyway?!?!?

Boater's Guide to Federal Safety Requirements
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1973 Pearson 30 #255
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