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Old 05-22-2013, 03:18 PM
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I have a 16 foot Lowe, Lunker deep v fishing boat I use mostly on the small lakes in Sullivan county. I have all or most of the necessary Coast Guard stuff, life vests, toss ring and horn. It has no navigation lights and I fish only in day light hours. I don't have a flare gun and don't know what other equipment I might be required to have while on the Hudson and always above the Tapanzee.

It does have oar locks but would be near impossible for one guy to row, I keep a paddle on board and have electric motors front and rear and a gas outboard motor. I don't think a fire ext. is required but am not sure. I have anchors.

What other stuff do I need if the CG ever inspects my boat while on the river?
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:53 PM
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http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?...l-safety-check
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:30 PM
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last year I was on two boats that were boarded by the CG, one in RI, one in the Hudson. One guy had everything, the other got a warning for a worn out throw-able cushion and not having his paper registration.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:53 PM
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All I ever get up my way is the DEC looking for fishing licenses and they might ask about life vests.

I checked the link above and looks like I have all I need and more to stay legal.

Thanks guys.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:35 AM
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flares and nav lights only if u r on the water after sunset or b fore sunrise,throwable,life jackets,horn,fire extinguish,oar,bailing devise and I think that's it. good luck
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:06 AM
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flares and nav lights only if u r on the water after sunset or b fore sunrise,throwable,life jackets,horn,fire extinguish,oar,bailing devise and I think that's it. good luck
The link posted above gives all the necessary equipment I need. No mention of fire ext., oar, bailing device and no need for flares in a small boat. I only fish in daylight hours and the boat has no inboard motor or enclosed cabin. Some equipment is good to have but I wanted to know what is necessary according to the rules.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:12 AM
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10/4,something's may b overkill but you never know what might happen out there,what if you are dead in the water,the oar is the only way to get to shore,or if your outboard has an electrical fire,I am a firm believer in that if I don't have it,I'm probably gonna need it,Murphy's law
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:31 AM
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10/4,something's may b overkill but you never know what might happen out there,what if you are dead in the water,the oar is the only way to get to shore,or if your outboard has an electrical fire,I am a firm believer in that if I don't have it,I'm probably gonna need it,Murphy's law
you know,good luck
I know Murphy and don't disagree at all. I keep all sorts of extra stuff on board for my own peace of mind but wanted to know if there was some little thing I was missing if the CG ever inspects me while on the river. The difference between what I must have to be legal and what I like to have to be safe.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:52 AM
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You do not need a fire extunguisher in a small open boat w an outboard. U do need flares but during daytime it can be an orange flag. Look up NY boating guide on the dmv website, it has all the regs
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Besides Federal laws, states may have other laws ....

NYS Boating guide link ...

http://www.nysparks.com/recreation/b...atersGuide.pdf
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:52 AM
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Besides Federal laws, states may have other laws ....

NYS Boating guide link ...

http://www.nysparks.com/recreation/b...atersGuide.pdf
Thanks for this link. Now for the better question.

I don't care to buy a flare kit that will just expire in time. They use the term "approved electric distress light" as an alternative. What the heck is that?

I suppose I could get busted if I go early or stay a little late based on sun rise or sun set so I should get a distress device of some kind.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:01 AM
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Thanks for this link. Now for the better question.

I don't care to buy a flare kit that will just expire in time. They use the term "approved electric distress light" as an alternative. What the heck is that?

I suppose I could get busted if I go early or stay a little late based on sun rise or sun set so I should get a distress device of some kind.
A package of 3 handheld flares is $25 at walmart, should get you 3 seasons before they expire... A simple, cheap solution and you know they'll meet the req.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:14 AM
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Thanks for this link. Now for the better question.

I don't care to buy a flare kit that will just expire in time. They use the term "approved electric distress light" as an alternative. What the heck is that?

I suppose I could get busted if I go early or stay a little late based on sun rise or sun set so I should get a distress device of some kind.
Those green sticks that u break to activate is what i have on board. Not sure if theyre approved though.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:57 AM
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Given that I have 4 big deep cycle marine batteries on board and accessory lighter plugs in the front and rear I thought a simple APPROVED distress light would be an easy solution.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:33 PM
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An electric distress light is only acceptable for night use. It requires self-contained batteries, be waterproof, automatically display Morse SOS, meet certain light intensity requirements, etc. If you could find one that meets all the requirements, the cost would probably exceed that of a 9 year supply of flares. By that time, the light would probably cease to function and have to be replaced.

I'd go with the flares...
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