US Sailing Says Dan Buoy Satisfies Requirement

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US Sailing governs USA yacht racing

In its October 19, 2013 meeting, the US Sailing Board approved USSER updates which explicitly state the dan buoy satisfies requirement for man overboard pole on racing sailboats. The updates take effect as of January 1, 2014 and have already been adopted for the 2014 Newport to Bermuda yacht race by its organizing authority.

A boat shall have a man overboard pole and flag, with a lifebuoy, a self–igniting light, a whistle, and a drogue attached. A self–inflating MOB module, Dan Buoy or similar device will satisfy this requirement. Self–inflating apparatus shall be tested and serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. These items shall be stored on deck, ready for immediate use, and affixed in a manner that allows for a quick release. US Sailing USSER § 3.7.2 effective 2014-04-23

Enabling Faster and Easier Response to Man Overboard

The SOS Marine dan buoy is the simplest to use and quickest to deploy man overboard marker available. Just Throw! With its fluorescent yellow-green color, self-igniting strobe, whistle, streamer, and ballast to keep it upright, it is also one of the most visible man overboard markers. It is reusable, inexpensive to recharge, and can be user-serviced. The Dan Hold mounting bracket is purpose engineered to keep the dan buoy ready for immediate deployment. It can be bulkhead, grab rail, or pulpit mounted.

See the New Sailing Safety Equipment Requirements

News of the new safety equipment requirements is available from several locations on the US Sailing web site. Click a slide below to go to the page depicted. Each opens in a new browser tab or window.

2016 Update

Alternatively, click here to open the 2016 US Sailing Safety Equipment Requirements in Microsoft Excel format.

Dan Buoy Deploys Quickly

One of the most important things to do when a crew falls overboard is to immediately deploy an MOB device. Throw the dan buoy!

Video credit: SOS Marine.


Learn More and Buy

Learn more about the dan buoy and accessories and buy from the following pages, or from your favorite marine retailer. Click to:

When you buy the dan buoy / Dan Hold combination, Just Marine offers free shipping on the Dan Hold portion of your purchase.

New Dan Buoy Mount

New! See the dan buoy with Dan Bag combination with the same shipping arrangement as the dan buoy with Dan Hold.

US Sailing Says Dan Buoy Satisfies Requirement was last modified: June 18th, 2016 by Philip Thompson
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About Philip Thompson

is an accomplished sailor and businessman who hails from Australia. He has raced boats from Lasers to handicap fleet keelboats and skippered the America’s Cup yachts South Australia (KA-8), Steak ’n Kidney (KA-14), and Challenge Australia (AUS-17).

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