G. Visual Distress Signal Devices
Visual distress signal devices approved by the U.S.
Coast Guard are required on all recreational boats op-
erating on coastal waters and to boats owned in the
United States when they are operating on the high seas.
Coastal waters include territorial seas and those wa-
ters directly connected to the Great Lakes and the ter-
ritorial seas up to a point where the waters are less
than two miles (3.2km) wide. Visual distress signal
equipment may be of the pyrotechnic or non-pyrotech-
nic type. Regulations prohibit display of visual distress
signals on the water under any circumstances except
when assistance is required to prevent immediate or
potential danger to persons on board a vessel.
In case of fire do not open the engine compart-
ment. Shut down engine(s), generator(s), and
blower(s). Models with fixed fire suppression
system will automatically discharge its entire
contents. If using portable CO2 fire extin-
guisher continuously discharge entire contents.
On European models, discharge contents
through fire port.
Using a portable fire extinguisher with an ac-
cess/fire port in the engine compartment is pre-
ferred to opening the engine compartment to
fight the fire. However, using a portable extin-
guisher in this way provides less protection
against fire than a fixed suppression system.
The equipment must be approved by the U.S. Coast
Guard, be in serviceable condition, and be stowed in a
readily accessible location. Equipment having a date
for serviceable life must be within the specified usage
date shown. Careful selection and proper stowage of
visual distress equipment is very important if young chil-
dren are aboard.
Do not test fire extinguishers by squirting small
amounts of the extinguishing compound. The
fire extinguisher might not work when you re-
ally need it.
DAY USE ONLY
The Sundowner™ models that measure 16 to less than
feet are considered Class 1 powerboats. Since they
One S-O-S electric Three flares of
the hand held,
have permanently installed fuel tanks, they are required
to carry one (1) B-1 type hand portable fire extinguisher.
If the boat is equipped with a fixed fire extinguishing
system in the engine compartment, one (1) B-1 type
hand portable fire extinguisher is still recommended.
(one hand held
and two floating)
or one orange
flag with black
square and disk.
Sundowner™ that are Class 2 powerboats (26 to less
than 40 feet) are required to carry two (2) B-1 type ap-
proved hand portable fire extinguishers or one (1) B-2
type approved hand portable fire extinguisher. When a
fixed fire extinguishing system is installed in machinery
space(s), at least one (1) B-1 type approved hand por-
table fire extinguisher is required.
Distress Signal Table
The minimum visual distress signals required in coastal
waters for a Class 1 or Class 2 powerboat is the follow-
One orange flag with black square-and disc
(daytime); and an S-O-S electric light (night-
time); or three orange smoke signals, hand held
or floating (daytime); or three red flares of hand
held, meteor, or parachute type (daytime/night-
Fire Extinguisher System
An automatic FE241 agent fire extinguisher system is
optional on certain Sundowner™ models. The equip-
ment utilized has been so chosen, and located, to pro-
vide sufficient volume and coverage of the entire engine
compartment. While the system ensures excellent over-
all bilge fire protection, it does not eliminate the
U.S.C.G. requirement for hand-held fire extin-
in the owner’s packet.
No single signaling device is appropriate for all
purposes. Consider keeping various types of
equipment on board.
Sundowner™ Owner’s Manual
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