Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 30-01-2009, 17:15   #1
Registered User
captain465's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ft Lauderdale, FL
Boat: 40 ft Pilgrim Trawler, MERIDIAN 2 (squared)
Posts: 676
Legal requirements of maintaining an EPIRB

I have been told that having an out of date (read battery) EPIRB aboard would lead to a citation if boarded by the Coast Guard. Does anyone know of the legal requirements attached to carrying an EPIRB on board?
Would the same situation exist with a liferaft?
Do not go where the path may lead.........
go instead where there is no path........
and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
captain465 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-01-2009, 18:13   #2
Registered User
svHyLyte's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tampa Bay area, USA
Boat: Beneteau First 42
Posts: 3,932
Images: 25
The USCG only cares about the registration of the unit and whether it's current and correct. If the batteries are out of date that's your problem, only your life depends upon it. There is no legal obligation to carry an EPIRB in US waters but, if one does, it must be properly registered--unless of course, you want the CG to simply call Ghost Busters when you pop the trigger.


s/v HyLyte
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-01-2009, 18:30   #3
Moderator Emeritus
David M's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay
Boat: research vessel
Posts: 10,392
There is no requirement for either for non-commercial vessels.

Life begins where land ends.
David M is offline   Reply With Quote

epirb, legal

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spearguns - Legal ? Keegan General Sailing Forum 13 04-10-2010 12:11
legal advice clifflindsey Anchoring & Mooring 31 31-01-2009 17:35
Maintaining Drinking Water Tanks Amwasp Provisioning: Food & Drink 36 22-12-2008 12:03
Legal Work in the Caribbean? ssullivan Boat Ownership & Making a Living 25 17-07-2008 19:43
Lights - legal requirements Weyalan Marine Electronics 33 29-06-2006 18:56

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:09.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.