20.0218 Life buoys-Liferings.

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(a) Number Required. Every vessel licensed to operate shall carry approved number of 30-inch life buoys in accordance with the following table:

Length of Vessel  Minimum No. of Buoys   Minimum No. With Water Lights Attached
Under 70 feet 3 1
70 feet and under 110 feet 6 3
110 feet and under 150 feet 8 4

(b) Distribution and Securing. All life buoys (liferings) shall be distributed and secured as follows: All life buoys shall be so placed as to be readily accessible to the persons on board, and their positions shall be plainly indicated. All life buoys shall always be capable of being cast loose and shall not be permanently secured in any way. One life buoy on each side of the vessel shall have an attached line of at least 15 fathoms in length and 3/4 inch circumference. The self-igniting waterlight required shall be of the approved type. Waterlights for liferafts shall be of the battery-operated self-igniting type.

History: Bd. of Mar. Insp. Regs., eff 16 Oct 72, § 4.19.