New from Sirius Signal, the SOS C-1001 LED flare is a bright technology fusion of modern optics and LED technology. It flashes SOS (· · · – – – · · ·), it floats, it’s visible at night up to 10+ nautical miles, and it flashes for up to 60 hours. These traits make it currently the only such device to meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for an electric distress light [46 CFR § 161.013].
It can permanently replace the three pyrotechnic flares otherwise required on all U.S. recreational vessels over 16 feet operating in coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and many major rivers. Because the kit includes a daylight–use orange emergency flag, three feet square, with black square over black ball [46 CFR § 160.072], it fully complies with both night and day USCG visual distress signal requirements. On panbo.com, Ben Ellison calls replacing pyro-flares with the Sirius Signal LED flare a
- One time purchase
- Visible for at least 10 nautical miles
- Built-in flotation
- LED flashes for more than six hours
- Family and environmentally safe
- Use Instructions (as printed on side of box)
- Guide to Marine Distress Signals (by Sirius Signal, LLC)
- Screen captures of relevant CFR sections (as of Feb 2016):
- USCG web page on Visual Distress Signals
- USCG Auxiliary examiners directive
Vessel Examiners should be aware of the capabilities and approvals of the SIRIUS SOS C-1001 electronic distress light…(continues)
- Section on Visual Distress Signals [33 CFR § 175.101], in A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats, a brochure from USCG.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are sailing a race under US SAILING rules, review What are my flare requirements? The Sirius C-1001 satisfies § 3.6.4.
Complies with the
Buy American Act, but may contain imported components.