The Handbook of Vermont Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Vermont State Police - Web Version
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Vessels less than 65.6 feet in length, which includes PWC, are required to carry on board a whistle or horn or some other means to make an efficient sound signal audible for at least one-half mile.
Vessels that are 65.6 feet or more in length are required to carry on board a whistle or horn, and a bell that are audible for at least one mile.
Common Sound Signals
- One prolonged blast at intervals of not more than two minutes is the signal used by powerboats underway.
- One prolonged blast plus two short blasts at intervals of not more than two minutes is the signal used by sailboats under sail alone.
- One prolonged blast is a warning signal (for example, when coming around a blind bend or exiting a slip).
- Five (or more) short, rapid blasts signal danger or signal that you do not understand the other boater’s intentions.