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Vessels operating on U.S. coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and territorial seas, as well
as those waters connected directly, up to a point where the waterway is less than two
nautical miles wide, must be equipped with U.S. Coast Guard approved visual distress
signals (VDS). Vessels owned in the United States and operating on the high seas must
also be equipped with U.S. Coast Guard approved visual distress signals.
The following vessels are not required to carry day signals, but must carry night signals
when operating from sunset to sunrise:
Pyrotechnic visual distress signals must be U.S. Coast Guard approved, in serviceable
condition, and readily accessible.
If the date is expired, they may still be carried as extra equipment, but cannot be counted
toward meeting the visual distress signal requirement.
Launchers manufactured before January 1, 1981, and intended for use with approved
signals, are not required to be U.S. Coast Guard approved as long as they remain in
If choosing to use pyrotechnic devices, a minimum of three signals are required for day
use and three signals for night use. Some pyrotechnic signals meet both day and night
use requirements (combination flares).
Pyrotechnic devices should be stored in a cool, dry place, if possible. A watertight
container painted red or orange and prominently marked "DISTRESS SIGNALS"
or "FLARES" is recommended.
U.S. Coast Guard approved pyrotechnic visual distress signals and associated devices
Non-pyrotechnic visual distress signals must be in serviceable condition, readily
accessible, and certified by the manufacturer as complying with U.S. Coast Guard
requirements. These signals include:
Under Inland Navigation Rules, a high-intensity white light flashing at regular intervals
from 50-70 times per minute is considered a distress signal. Such devices, however, DO
NOT meet the Visual Distress Signals carriage requirement.
Regulations prohibit display of visual distress signals on the water under any
circumstances, except where assistance is needed because of immediate or potential
danger to persons on board a vessel.
The following are just a few of the many combinations of devices that will meet the
Reference: A Boater's Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats and Safety tips
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