I still have a few VSC stickers left if anyone is interested in having their boat inspected.
Certain Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled. The recalled fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to activate, posing a risk of not discharging. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. These fire extinguishers have either a Vertical Pull Pin or Push Button. Fire Extinguishers with either a metal handle or curved plastic handles are not affected. You can check it out online at https://www.kidde.com/home-safety/en/us/support/product-alerts/recall-kidde-fire-extinguisher/ . Kidde will replace them for free.
There has also been a question as to whether the Coast Guard approved electronic distress lights satisfy the requirements for recreational boats when used on coastal waters. Here is what I found:
For boats under 16′ in length: Distress signals are only required when operating between sunset and sunrise. If operating at night, one electric distress light or three combination day/night red flares are required.
For boats 16′ in length or greater: 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 are required.
With that being said it is prudent to have additional flares of various types on board, even if they have expired.
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