Requirement to Have Sound-Producing Devices
In periods of reduced visibility or whenever a vessel operator needs to signal his or her intentions or position, a sound-producing device is essential. The navigation rules for meeting head-on, crossing, and overtaking situations are examples of when sound signals are required.
Use the chart below to determine what is required based on your vessel’s length.
|If on State Waters||If on Federally Controlled Waters|
|16 feet up to 26 feet long and under engine power||Whistle capable of producing a blast of two seconds or more and audible for at least one-half mile is required.||Less than 65.6 feet long (includes PWC)||Whistle or horn audible for at least one-half mile is required.|
|26 feet or longer and under engine power||Whistle audible for at least one mile is required.||65.6 feet long or longer||Whistle or horn and a bell audible for at least one mile is required.|