required boat safety equipment question

Discussion in 'LOCAL SOUTH CAROLINA TALK' started by foothills, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. foothills

    foothills New Member

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    do you have to have (by law) signal flares on your boat??...the way i read the dnr law is that it is only required for offshore boats...is that right or do we need them on our local lakes??
     
  2. pop pop

    pop pop New Member

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    Foothills, I went to the SC dnr site for boating laws and it states that only waters under federal control like Great lakes, Seas and Intercoastal waterways are reqiured to have signal flares.

    I'm not saying I'm right but would take this to mean we don't have to have one.:wink: It also can't hurt us to have one either. Hope this helps.
     

  3. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Yeah, Craig & Doug, you're pretty much right. Very good question, too. They aren't required on fresh waters in the state, but on coastal waters they are required on boats 16' or longer.

    This is not to say that they aren't a highly recommended item at any time. :wink: I actually have two sets in my boat, because I do quite a bit of salt water fishing.
     
  4. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Good question and somewhat confusing.

    NO, you do not need flares on your boat as part of your required safety equipment for operation on lakes and rivers.
     
  5. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    A good question, I didn't think we needed them, but I didn't actually know. I do have some, as they came with a kit of stuff I bought. So thanks for a good question, and thanks for the answer. Later Andy