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All boats operating on the ocean outside of Oregon's ports and bays must carry U.S. Coast Guard-approved visual distress signals. If operating at night, all vessels under 16' long must carry distress signals suitable for night use. Operators must select the appropriate devices as referenced in 33CFR175.110. Note that small vessels – those under 16' and non-powered sailboats of open construction under 26' – are not required to carry day signals during the day.
Visual Distress Signals must be U.S. Coast Guard-approved, in serviceable condition, and readily accessible. A minimum of three must be carried and not past their expiration date.
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