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which you'll be operating. Generally speaking, the prudent mariner
should have an anchor which can hold a vessel when subjected
to the worst conditions of wind and wave that might typically be
encountered. The anchor line should also be between 7 and 10
times the depth of water in which you normally anchor.
Whistle or Horn
All mechanically propelled vessels 12 meters (39 ft.) and
greater in length must carry a whistle which must be a mechanical device capable of producing a blast of two or more seconds
in duration. On vessels less than 12 meters (39 ft.) in length a
mouth whistle may be used.
All vessels 12 meters (39 ft.) and greater in length are required
to have a bell. The purpose of the bell is to facilitate compliance
with the rules of the road when anchored or grounded during
periods of reduced visibility.
Additional Suggested Equipment
First Aid Kit
Recreational vessels must display their required navigational
lights at all times between sunset and sunrise, and during periods of restricted visibility. Sail vessels less than 7 meters (23
ft.) in length as well as manually propelled vessels may carry,
in lieu of fixed lights, a lantern with a white light which can be
exhibited in sufficient time to prevent a collision. Law enforcement vessels may also exhibit a blue flashing light.
According to State Law, a vessel under 150 feet when at
anchor shall carry forward at a height not to exceed 20 feet
above the hull, a white light visible all round.