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  1. #1
    Registered onesickpantera's Avatar
    My Boats:
    1999 Pantera 24 Sport
    Join Date
    Feb 2005

    Coast Guard Requirements

    What is required for distress signals? Their site states you have to have day and night signals but not how many of each. I thought it was 3 of each, or 3 if they are approved for day and night use. Is this correct? What about a distress flag?

  2. #2
    Registered Brad Zastrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    McHenry, Illinois
    Three flares not out of date, a flag and a whistle are best. Horns can go dead. West Marine has the kits. Flashlight is recommended also.

  3. #3
    My Boats:
    3600 Nor-tech Super Cat
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    I was told that 4 flares are the new requirement.

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    SORE MEMBER Platinum Member Wobble's Avatar
    My Boats:
    SeaDoo RXP & RXP-X, Stryker Equalizer 28, Eliminator Daytona Jet
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    2950'49.74"N 95 5'17.55"W.......TEXAS
    This chart shows the current USCG requirements, your state may have further rules

  5. #5
    My Boats:
    2005 42' EX //twin 525's
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Seabrook, Tx
    If you buy new flares from West Marine, make sure you check the expiration date on the box. They do expire. I bought a set for my boat in June and got stopped by CG in November. I had all of the required equipment and when they checked the expiration date on the new flares, it was October. Needless to say I did get a ticket. Of course West Marine denied that it happened or that they would sell flares that would expire in a couple of months.

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