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Re: Un-inspected passenger vessel - What emergency signals??
Coquina- Yeah they did, but reading through the regulations it seems there are a lot of potential different scenarios when it comes to emergency signals.
From the USCG:
No person may use a boat 16 feet or more in length or any boat operating as an
uninspected passenger vessel unless visual distress signals are carried and are readily
accessible. Any of the following distress signals can be used to meet the distress signal
a. An electric distress signal light which is Coast Guard-approved and marked to
meet the requirement of 46 CFR 161.013 as a visual night distress signal.
b. An orange flag which has been certified as Coast Guard-approved and marked
meet to the requirements of 46 CFR 160.072 as a visual day distress signal.
c. Pyrotechnics listed in 33 CFR Table 175.130 below. Any combination of the
signal devices selected from subparagraphs a. and b. above and the table,
carried in the number required, meets the requirement. Examples: The
combination of two hand-held red flares (160.021), and one parachute red flare
(160.024 or 160.036) meets both day and night requirements. Three hand
orange smoke (160.037) with one electric distress light (160.013) meets both day
and night requirements.
160.021 Hand-Held Red Flare Distress Signals*** Day and Night 3
160.022 Floating Orange Smoke Distress Signals Day only 3
160.024 Parachute Red Flare Distress Signals Day and Night* 3
160.036 Hand-Held Rocket Propelled Parachute Red Flare
Day and Night 3
160.037 Hand-Held Orange Smoke Distress Signals Day only 3
160.057 Floating Orange Smoke Distress Signals Day only 3
160.066 Distress Signals for Boats, Red Aerial Pyrotechnic Flares Day and Night** 3
* These signals require use in combination with a suitable launching device
approved and marked under 46 CFR 160.28.
** These devices may be either meteor or parachute assisted type. Some of these
signals may require use in combination with a suitable launching device
approved and marked under 46 CFR 160.028.
*** Must have manufacture date of 1 October 1980 or later.
Eherlihy - I would take your document to mean that there are no additional requirements for uninpsected vessels over recreational boats. Is this the case?