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USCG Lessons Learned - Battery Weight Varies
United States Coast Guard
Inspections and Compliance Directorate
Marine Lessons Learned 02-14
July 9, 2014
Washington, DC

BATTERY WEIGHT VARIES
Use proper replacement parts on all Emergency Equipment.

This serves as a reminder for vessel owner operators and all mariners to use only the proper replacement parts for Emergency Equipment. Imagine being in an emergency situation in the water clinging for your life to a ring buoy while rescuers pass you by unnoticed because the electric water light attached to the ring buoy had sunk. Hopefully, that scenario will never occur.

While conducting an annual inspection a Coast Guard inspector picked up a ring buoy's water light and noticed that it felt heavier than usual. The master of the vessel was notified and he then agreed to perform a float test. When the ring buoy and its water light were tossed into the water, the water light instantly sank about 5' to the end of its painter. Apparently, the last time the battery was replaced, a heavier battery than the manufacturer's recommended battery was used. This occurred despite the water light's labeled instructions regarding the correct battery type.

This sort of water light when immersed automatically rights itself and activates a flashing / strobing light that is capable of operating for up to 60 hours using a 6-volt lantern battery. Water lights by design need to float upright for maximum visibility. The 6-volt lantern battery provides the ballast for these lights. Most off the shelf lantern sized batteries will likely be the exact same size but they may have varying weights. It is imperative that only the manufacturer's recommended batteries are used. If not heavy enough the water light may float on its side, if too heavy it will sink. If there are any doubts as to the weight of the battery impacting the buoyancy of the water light, test it by placing it in water. These devices are approved under 46 CFR 161.010 and any deviation from the parts approved for that equipment could negate its effectiveness and approval.

The Coast Guard reminds vessel owners operators and others performing inspections on emergency equipment to be aware of this concern. Always follow specific manufacturer recommendations when replacing batteries or other components of safety equipment. When possible maintain awareness to counterfeit replacement components and safety equipment at large. We've previously reported on the hazards of counterfeit safety products such as Emergency Escape Breathing Devices or Hand Portable Fire Extinguishers.

The use of inappropriate replacement parts on Emergency Equipment can kill!

Commodore Garvey
Motorboats - New Law Effective May 1st 2014
All individuals born on or after 5/1/96 are now required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses include those offered by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron. Learn more about New York State Legal Requirements.
Congressman Israel Announces Boating Safety Legislation
Friday, April 25th
Congressman Israel announced the BOATS (Boating Occupancy and Teaching Safety) Act, which would provide grants for localities, non-profits, and for profit companies to offer boating safety classes directly to the public and also mandate the display of capacity limits for new boats that are less than 45 feet in length.

Jackie Martin, commodore of the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, supports the bill, saying it would "remove the ambiguity" about how many people can safely be on larger recreational boats.



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Nautical Market & Fair 2014
The second annual GHCYBC Nautical Market and Fair will take place at Mill Dam Park and Marina - May 17th, 2014 10AM- 5PM.
Meet The Commodores Night 2014
Join government officials, our event sponsors, club commodores, officers & members of our local clubs for the installation of our new Council officers and an evening of fun!

The Huntington Yacht Club
95 East Shore Road
Huntington, NY 11743
Date: Thurs., May 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM

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P.O. Box 2124
Halesite, New York 11743
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