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Coast Guard Requirements

Old 07-07-2009, 10:09 AM
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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?
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:38 AM
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Three flares not out of date, a flag and a whistle are best.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.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:21 PM
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I was told that 4 flares are the new requirement.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:56 PM
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This chart shows the current USCG requirements, your state may have further rules
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:50 PM
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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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