Originally Posted by velero
Its not enforced but when you get stopped it could be a couple of hundred dollors (as in pain) in MD. If you have an outboard
attached to your dinghy
you must comply w/CG n MD regs. I was in Solomon Is during the grand opening of the Tiki Bar w/lots of DNR around. Got on my dingy to go to dinner and dit not see the DNR boat. They found the following - no reg numbers (I had them in but not aboard), no nav lights (just a flaslight), no registration
card onboard (yes you have to carry your (paper) registration
card w/you while using the dingy) and not having lights nor sound devices on our life jackets. Since we were close to the mothership we were lucky they let us find the stuff that was missing. I found all the stuff aboard but could not find the registration card.... ouch a $85 fine. I did have something saying that it was my dinghy
Your comment on the lights or sound devices on your life jackets was interesting so I looked up Maryland
laws. I could not find any requirements for sound producing or lighting
devices on life jackets. While certainly a good idea I could not find any requirement for them. I have a set of removable lights for my dink that I only take with me when I'm planning to be out past or near dark, otherwise they stay on the boat. It helps with the corrosion
issue. One thing I do not have is night distress
flares. The idea of lighting
a hand held flare on an inflatable
plastic dink seems pretty stupid to me. It seems that no one is making an electric distress
light that meets USCG requirements any more. Strobes don't meet the requirements but seem wiser from a safety
point of view.
One interesting observation is that it seems the in the US at least the USCG has us in a Catch 22 situation with dinghy lights. While the only legal
(USCG certified) lights must be installed by the manufacturer, as far as I am aware, no small inflatables come with lights from the factory, yet lights are required for use after sunset. So even though I have lights, they are not technically legal
, though I am not aware of anyone getting a ticket or hassled for not having "certified" lights on their dink. I have a waterproof container attached to my outboard
kill lanyard in which I keep my registration and a whistle. Since I can't start my outboard without the lanyard, I always have my registration with me.
So in short, my dink is almost legal at night.