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Safe Boating Information

Recreational Boating Safety
Fall–Winter 2016 Vol. 73, Numbers 3–4

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Boating Safety for all ages
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Safety Topic for you! Flares & Distress Signals, from Boats US Click here to read more......

MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Idenity) Please be sure to have the following items handy when completing the application:

  1. Up to 2 Emergency contact names, as well as the home and work or cell phone number of each.
  2. Any Vessel Wireless telephone or cell phone numbers used on board.
  3. Vessel Documentation or State Registration Number.
  4. If applicable, you may also include an EPIRB ID Code.
  5. If you are a BoatU.S. Member, please include your member number.
  6. The MMSI Number is assigned to the vessel, not to the radio. All radios, whether fixed installations or hand held and no matter how many, permanently associated with the same vessel, should all use the same MMSU Number.

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U S Coast Guard Auxiliary Courses

United States Power Squadron

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For a copy of Distance of Visibility click here

For a copy of Morse Code click here

For a copy of Marine Emergency and Distress Calls click here

For a copy of Barometer rise and fall click here

For a copy of Radio Information click here

Some Minimal Safety Equipment and Requirements

Visual Distress signals (all with approval number)
<16' By Night: 1 electric SOS flashlight
16' - 65' by Day only: 1 orange flag; 3 floating or hand-held orange smoke signals (not required on no-power sailboats less than 26', or rowboats, or while racing;
By Day and Night: 3 hand-held, or 3 pistol, or 3 hand-held rocket, or pyrotechnic red flares. (all suitable for day use also.)

Personal Flotation Devices (approved)
<16' -
one type I, II, III per person
16' - 65' - one type I, II, III per person and one type IV per boat

Ventilator ducts:
At least 2 ventilator ducts fitted with cowls or their equivalent to ventilate efficiently the bilges of every engine and fuel tank compartment of boats built or decked-over after April 25, 1940 and using gasoline or other fuel with a flash point less than 110°F.

Lengths Bells Whistles and Horns:
<16' None required, but must have some means of making an efficent sound sign.
16' - 65' Mouth, hand or Power Whistle audible at least 1/2 mile
26' - 29'
Hand or Power Whistle audible at least 1 mile
<39' 1 Bell, Power Whistle audible at least 1 mile
Bell, Power Whistle, and Gong.

N.E. Maritime U.S. Coast Guard approved Courses for boating safety
2 day Boating Safety and Launch Tender Courses
1 day plotting course
Captain's Courses Fall ~ Winter ~ Spring
Courses held at Hyannis and Marina Bay, Quincy (hold a course at your facility)
For information call: 508-790-3400