Visual Distress Signals

 

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Recreational boats 16 feet and over used on coast waters or the Great Lakes are required to carry a minimum of either:

  1. Three day and three night pyrotechnic devices

  2. One day non-pyrotechnic device (flag) and one night non-pyrotechnic device (auto SOS light)

  3. A combination of 1 and 2

Recreational boats less than 16 feet on coastal waters or the Great Lakes need only carry night visual distress signals when operating from sunset to sunrise. It is recommended, but not required, that boats operating on inland waters should have some means of making a suitable day and night distress signal. The number and type of signals is best judged by considering conditions under which the boat will be operating.

Visual Distress Signals

 

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