Originally Posted by dannc
Besides USCG approved PFDs, a non US boat could also get in trouble because of fire extinguishers and visual distress signals which need to be USCG approved. Are European fire extinguishers and distress signals USCG approved? The boats would also need to have the required number and type of extinguishers on board.
In the UK there are no legally required bits of kit on board, other countries like France
do have rules, but most cruising boats are well equipped regardless because of education and commonsense, two things that excessive regulations
defeat IMO. We certainly carried sensible types and sizes and quantities of fire extinguishers which had CE marks of course, but not USCG ones, why would they, but then a visiting US boat would not be challenged for having their own USCG approved ones. There is no regulatory requirement in the UK for distress signals either but most cruising boats will voluntarily carry full SOLAS kits such as are required by RORC for offshore racing events
The French as I said do have rules of required on board kit, varying by how far the boat is away from a safe haven, but then this only says you must have it, not that you know how to use it( like a sextant
and tables if >200mls offshore
. or that you must deploy it (like a radar
reflector) The French rules only apply to French registered vessels, a reason some there seek to register their boats elsewhere like next door in Belgium
IMO excessive regulation merely encourages the search for loopholes voluntary education promotes commonsense. IMO you cannot buy safety
only encourage a commonsense approach to it.
Back to 'approved' fire extinguishers. Why is it that one otherwise identical to the approved CG marine
, from the same manufacturer even, one but is half the price
in Lowes or Home Depot for home use cannot be carried counted on the boat simply because it has not got the right CG label on it.