Requirements 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.
|If on Nevada State Waters|
|Less than 26 feet long (includes PWC)||Whistle, horn, or other mechanical sound device required|
|26 feet long or longer||Whistle, horn, or other mechanical sound device and a bell required|
|If on Waters Under USCG Jurisdiction|
|Less than 39.4 feet long (includes PWC)||Some way of making an efficient sound signal, such as handheld air horn, athletic whistle, an installed horn, etc.|
|39.4 feet long or longer||Device that can make an efficient sound signal that is audible for one-half mile and lasts for 4 to 6 seconds|