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Electric S-O-S Distress Light Approved as Alternative to Flares on Recreational Vessels

USCG approved lights are required to automatically flash S-O-S plus meet all intensity & duration requirements for such emergency devices.

Currently "Electric S-O-S Distress Lights" are self-certified by the manufacturer, so the USCG does not issue approvals or keep a list of authenticated manufacturers.  Thus, be sure that any of these devices you purchase meet:

Approval standard - Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart 161.013

Solas LED SOS Automatic Strobe Light

New USCG Official Boating Safety Mobil App

Provides easy & convenient access to all information needed to be a safe, responsible & curteous boater!

App features include:

- Find latest safety regulations  /  - Request a Vessel Safety Check  /  - Check your safety equipment
- Navigation Rules  /  - File a float plan  /  - Find nearest NOAA buoy
- Report a hazard  /  - Report pollution  /  - Report suspicious activity
- Request emergency assistance


USCG Official Mobile App

New Navigation Rules & Regulations Handbook (ISBN: 9780160925665)

USCG released an updated version of Navigation Rules on November 30, 2015 that contains several changes which recreational vessel owners/operators need to review and understand.

New Nav Rules

SAFETY ADVISORY: Smoke Distress Signal Recall

USCG has withdrawn Certificate of Approval for NAMMO LIAB AB Orange Hand Smoke Distress Signal, due to risk of spontaneous combustion when dropped.

Defective devices may be labeled & marketed as “Polar MK 4” by NAMMO LIAB AB or as “IKAROS” by Hansson Pyrotech.  “IKAROS” Hansson Pyrotech is more current provider.

Any of above signaling devices manufactured after October 2013 must be properly disposed & replaced with a certified product that satisfies vessel’s carriage requirements.

NAMMO LIAB AB Orange Hand Smoke Distress Signal

Chesapeake Bay Intertative Bouy System (CBIBS)

Real-Time Mobil App provides easy & convenient access to real-time observations from NOAA Smart buoys using applications designed specifically for use on smartphones!

The Free App is available for both iPhone and Android devices &  provides easy & convenient access to real time information as well as the ability to track conditions from selected buoy locations.


NOAA CBIBS Bouy - Mobile Application Link

Fuel Saving Advise & Resources Expert Fuel Saving Tips  /  17 Ways to Save Fuel (Tom Neal, BoatUS Magazine)
US & Caribbean Real-time fuel dock prices
Waterway Guide to Fuel Prices in Chesapeake Bay / Annapolis Area

Advise on saving fuel & making your fuel dollars go further

Recalls & Safety Related Defects

USCG Boating Safety Division Recalls & Safety Defects
Recent USCG Office of Investigations & Analysis findings
Complete listing of all current Safety Alerts (examples below)
Find items related to a: "Manufacturer, Piece of Equipment or Category"

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CG Auxiliary: Last 30 days  /  Archives by Category or Search by topics
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U.S. Coast Guard Newsroom

Newspaper Boy With What's New - Latest News CG Auxiliary, D5R and USCG
Snoopy onboard CG Cutter Coastie - Link to Coastie's website

Involve Entire Family & Friends in These Entertaining & Worthwhile Activities

short online boating safety refresher quizes
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Boating Safety Quiz you can enjoy with Mom, Dad, family or friends
fun stuff for Young & Young at Heart Boaters How Prepared Are You For a Disaster or Emergency?

Online Boating Safety Course
Inflatable Lifejackets - Manual, Automatic or Hydostatic

Inflatable Lifejackets

are comfortable & make boating in hot / humid weather more enjoyable, but require knowledge of how they work & some regular TLC to ensure they are in good operating condition & will effectively serve their intended purpose.

Wear It Maryland - What you should know about Inflatable Lifejackets


Bayonet tip CO2 cylinders that are not properly installed will not inflate Lifejacket when triggered.  Individuals with inflatable Lifejackets should check to see if unit has a bayonet tip CO2 cylinder.


Lifejackets Float, You Don't - Wear It, We Do!

Boating Safety - Doing Your Part

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