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Exemptions to the requirement to carry visual distress signals exist. However, on Lake Erie or the immediately connecting bays, harbors, and anchorage areas, an exempted vessel must carry approved visual distress signals for night use between sunset and sunrise.

The exempted vessels during daylight hours only include:

  • Vessels in an organized marine event or race
  • Manually propelled vessels
  • Sailboats less than 26 feet in length with completely open construction and without propulsion machinery