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Old 08-06-2009, 16:26   #1
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Federal Requirements?

I just brought my new to me FP Bahia 46 home. I suspect its not totally up to USCG code. Since I am berthed within sight of the CG base, I figured it would be a good idea to get "up to code". I am having difficulty in finding a nice one stop website that is put together simply for a simple person like me. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance
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Old 08-06-2009, 16:39   #2
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Buy "Chapman's Guide To Piloting" It is invaluable to have aboard and will give you a practical guide to Colregs.

Then get Nigel Calder's books. The cruising hand book if you're going to move about a bit, and the mechanical and electric even if you're not.

Congratulations on the new boat!!! Exciting, isn't it?
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Reqmts are pretty simple, there are usually hand out flyers. Or contact the local Power Squardron USCG auxiliary, they will inpsect your boat and tell you what you need..... they do not disclose the results...
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In addition, check with your state boating organization and make sure you are carrying the proper items in your dinghy (life preservers, horn, lights, etc). In most cases, they will match the USCG, but in some states the state reqs are more stringent.
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West Marine normaly has the brochures with the min requirements. Here are two links that should get you started on the US requirements. Vessel Safety Check Federal Requirments and Safety Tips for Recreational Boats

May wnat to look up your state reulations.
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The Coast Guard Aux. does courtesy inspections, which are solely for the person who invites them, and it is a very valuable tool which you have access to for free. These guys are civilian volunteers.
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I suspect its not totally up to USCG code.
What makes you think so? USCG regulations are pretty slim. The hardest one is heads dumping overboard. That won't be a good idea. After that the lights and door prizes are pretty basic.
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Thanks everyone..got the books. The boat was in the Bahamas for a few years..the dingy isn't even registered. In NJ I'm sure they want their tax money for that too!
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Make sure to get a second bill of sale for the Dinghy. You won't belive the hassle registering a dinghy can be. You worry about the boat and then go through more paperwork than you can imagine on the dinghy. Its a different boat is the way to look atv it.
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