Coast Guard Exam


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Note: This information is from the 2000 Rendezvous, please
call Gratitude Yachting at 410-639-7111. Thank you.

George & Judy Hagerty of Rum Line will direct Marine Examinations during the rendezvous weekend.  Provided here are the details of the exam.  Thank you George & Judy.

Requirements for a Courtesy Marine Examination

q       Coast Guard Approved Equipment.  The following equipment must be Coast Guard approved or meet Coast Guard standards:

Personal Flotation Devices

Fire Extinguishers

Flame Arresters

Visual Distress Signals

Marine Sanitation Devices

q       Numbering and Documentation.  

q       Registered Boats.  The boat’s number must be permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the boat.  Numbers are to read from left to right, be plain vertical block characters, a color contrasting with the background, distinctly visible and legible and no less than 3” in height.  The appropriate state documents must be aboard

q       Documented Boats.  The boat’s name and hailing port must be plainly marked on the exterior part of the hull in clearly legible letters not less than four inches in height.  The official number of the vessel, preceded by the abbreviation “No.” must be marked by any permanent method which cannot be obliterated or obscured, in block type Arabic numerals not less than three inches in height on some clearly visible interior structural part of the hull.  The original documentation papers must be on board.

q       Navigation Lights.  Boats over 16’ in length must have operable navigation lights.

q       Sound Producing Devices

q       All boats must carry some type of sound producing device, capable of a four-second-blast audible for ½ mile.

q       All boats 39.4 feet or longer must also carry a bell, in operating condition, at least 5 inches in diameter at the mouth.

q       Personal Flotation Devices.

q       PFD’s must be Coast Guard approved, in good and serviceable condition and suitable for the wearer.

q       Boats 16 feet or longer must have one TYPE I, II or III PFD for each person on board and one TYPE IV (throwable)

q       Fire Extinguishers.

q       Boats must be equipped with fire extinguishers as follows:

Boat Length w/o Fixed System w/Approved Fixed System
< 26’ 1 B-1 1 B-1
26’ to < 40’ 2 B-1 or 1 B-II 1 B-1
40’ to 65’ 3 B-1 or 1 B-II & 1 B-1 2 B-1 or 1 B-II

q       Fire extinguishers must be firmly mounted and readily accessible in case of fire.

q       CO2 extinguishers plus Dry Chemical fire extinguishers without gauges must have been weighed and tagged within the last six month.

q       Automatic HALON (and like compounds) below decks must have the discharge light at the helm.

q       Visual Distress Signals

q       All recreational boats must carry day and night VDS.

q       VDS must be Coast Guard approved and in serviceable condition

q       The devices are marked with an expiration date, which must not have passed.

q       Ventilation.  Not required in diesel engine boats.

q       Backfire Flame Arrester.  Not required in diesel engine boats.

q       Fuel System.

q       Fuel tanks and lines must be free of excessive corrosion or any cracking and must not leak.

q       The fuel fill pipe must be tightly fitted to the fill plate and must be located outside of a closed compartment.

q       Spill fuel must be directed overboard.

q       Fuel tanks must be grounded.

q       Anchor and Anchor Line.

q       All boats must be equipped with an adequate anchor and anchor line of suitable size and length for the boat.

q       Dewatering Device.

q       All boats must carry at least one effective manual dewatering device (bucket, can, etc.).

q       If installed, an electrical or mechanical bilge pump must be in satisfactory operating condition.

q       General Condition.

q       Boat must be free from fire hazards, in good overall condition, with bilges reasonable clean, and the visible hull and structure generally sound.

q       Galley equipment must be properly secured and fuel tanks must not leak.

q       No flammable material in the immediate vicinity of stoves or heaters.

q       LPG gas cylinders (empty or full) must not be installed in closed compartments.

q       CNG shall be located in a well-ventilated area. 

q       CNG cylinders shall not be installed in compartments containing an internal combustion engine.

q       Electrical Systems.

q       All general wiring should be in good condition, neatly bundled and clamped to suitable support to prevent damage.

q       Battery cables must be securely connected.

q       The battery must be clamped down or otherwise secured.

q       Marine Sanitation Devices.

q       A Type II toilet discharge valve must be sealed or operating handles removed so that accidental discharge overboard cannot be initiated.

q       Type I and II processing toilets must have a plaque attached to the unit, showing the type and Coast Guard approval.

q       Garbage Dumping Restrictions Placard.

q       All boats 26’ and over must display a proper size Garbage Dumping Restrictions Placard in a place clearly visible to all passengers.

q       Boats 40’ and over, that are ocean going or on the Great Lakes, must also have a written trash management plan.

q       Oily Waste Discharge Placard.

q       All boats 26’ and longer, with machinery compartments, must display a placard at least 5”x8” stating that the discharge of oil is prohibited.  The placard must be displayed in a conspicuous place in the bilge area or at the pump control station.

q       Inland Navigation Rules.

q       Boats 39.4’ or more are required to carry a complete copy of the Inland Navigation Rules.



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