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coast guard requirements for a 42'er

We're getting near ready to put our 42'er ketch into the water for the first time. What are the coast guard requirements for a sailboat this size? We know its a few more iteams than the under 36'ers.
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Equipment Requirements

I'm not aware of any equipment requirements that vary by the size of a covered recreational auxiliary vessel.
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Actually, several requirements change based on the boat size. They are fire extinguishers, Visual Distress Signals, throwable PFDs, sound signals, oil and garbage disposal placards, and navigation rules.

A boat 42' long needs to have the following equipment aboard:

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A USCG-Approved PFD for each person

A throwable USCG-Approved Type-IV PFD

One orange distress flag and One electric distress light - or -Three hand-held or floating orange smoke signals and One electric distress light - or - Three combination (day/night) red flares: hand-held, meteor or parachute type.

One B-II and One B-I or Three B-I. Note: fixed system equals One B-I or Two B-II

A vessel 39.4 ft (12 meters) or greater, must have a sound signaling appliance capable of producing an efficient sound signaI, audible for 1/2 mile with a 4 to 6 seconds duration. In addition, must carry on board a bell with a clapper (bell size not less than 7.9 inches - based on the diameter of the mouth)

Navigation lights

An Oil Pollution Placard at least 5 by 8 inches in size, made of durable material, that must be posted in the machinery space or at the bilge station.

A Garbage Placard at least 4 by 9 inches, made of durable material, displayed in a conspicuous place notifying all on board the discharge restrictions.

A type I, II or III MSD if a permanent marine head is installed.

The operator of a vessel 39.4 ft (12 meters) or greater must have on board a copy of these rules.
I hope this helps.

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requirements of coast guard

Thanks, Sailingfool!
Just read thru most everything on that web site
I wonder how many sailors have a "black ball" to hoist during the day at anchor. Also, while sailing under power(with engine assist) one needs a black cone hoisted an pointing down up the head stay somewhere along with the genora.
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Yes, I printed an highlited those changes to make sure I've got those Before the C.G. boards and Fines.
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Black ball day shape and anchor lights are technically not required if your boat is anchored in a marked anchorage area... but still it is a good idea, IMHO, to do both in that case. Removes some of the liability risk you might otherwise have in the case of an accident.

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Chuck, the day shapes are virtually unheard of on recreational boats. Check with the local USCG Auxiliary, they will come out and do a free local inspection for you. No penalty if they find anything wrong, and a "Go away, I already did it" sticker to put on the hull if you pass.
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many thanks for the replies!
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Dayshapes are basically not used in the US. But if you go foreign you will find them in widespread usage.
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Dayshapes are basically not used in the US. But if you go foreign you will find them in widespread usage.
Who says that? Every vessel I've worked on carried and used the day shapes.

You better go back and read Inland Rules of the Road.
I know there is ignorance sailing out there. But PLEASE don't add to it.
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