Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

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Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

Post by FishingFool » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:31 pm

Are these considered "coastal waters"

I always thought the had to be flares but according to this, you can use a flashlight and flag.
My flares are expired.
https://www.boat-ed.com/washington/hand ... nals-VDSs/

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Re: Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

Post by BentRod » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:29 am

If you look at the definition block at the bottom of that page it defines the rivers and bays as having to be two miles wide. Think one could argue that the lakes may not be two miles wide....at least for Sammamish.

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Re: Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

Post by FishingFool » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:35 pm

Meh, I played it safe and got some flares. Now, I didnt buy "marine" flares like I typically do. I just bought "road flares" from Home Depot bc I was in there and saw they had some and relatively inexpensive at $7.

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Re: Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

Post by hewesfisher » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:09 am

My flares expired several years and I haven't replaced them. Went through a safety inspection conducted by NPS and they didn't even ask if I had flares. IF you get checked, the "non-marine" flares won't cut the mustard. Notice I said "IF". [wink]
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Re: Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

Post by TrackerPro16 » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:52 pm

The only times I have been checked is around holidays, but they have never asked or looked at my flares.

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Re: Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

Post by FishingFool » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:37 pm

lol I also got an SOS flag, since those dont expire and they seem to fit the daytime requirement. Doesnt take up much room at all.

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Re: Visual Distress Signal Reuired On Lake Washington and Sammamish?

Post by beeman » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:01 pm

I got checked at 10th st boat ramp in everett a few weeks back. My boat was brand new in march and dealer supplied everything to be coast guard legal, except the flares expired last october😠
They noted it on the inspection report but said they were not required for inland waters, just advised.

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