Sailing Navlight Alert; Honda Genset Recall
The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that many navigation lights being used on sailboats do not meet the basic requirements for these lights, making them less visible to nearby ships.
In mid-March, the Coast Guard’s Inspections and Compliance Directorate published Marine Safety Alert 02-19, “Not all navigation lights are created equal,” to assist all mariners in understanding the difference between navigation lights used on power driven vessels and those used on sailing vessels.
Navigation lights intended for use on power driven vessels may be different from navigation lights intended for use on sailing vessels. Although the horizontal arc of visibility is the same for all lights, the vertical divergence (i.e. vertical arc of visibility) requirements for lights on vessels under sail are larger to accommodate greater heeling. Navigation lights that claim compliance with the navigation rules may meet the vertical visibility requirements for a power driven vessel, but they may not comply with the vertical visibility standards for sailing vessels.
Manufacturer labeling may not clearly indicate that the lights are designed for use on power-driven vessels only. In some cases, you’ll have to contact the manufacturer or search for this detail in the specification sheets to determine whether the light is approved for sailboats. Most brand-name lights marketed for use on sailboats do meet the vertical angle requirements, according to the Coast Guard.
Honda Generator Recall
Honda has issued a recall for several models of its popular EU2200 series portable generators, often used on boats. According to Honda, it has received 19 reports of fuel leaking from the fuel valve. No injuries have been reported, but Honda is urging owners to immediately stop using the recalled generators and contact a local authorized Honda Power Equipment service dealer to schedule a free repair.
The generators were sold February 2018 through February 2019 Owners can contact Honda toll-free at 888-888-3139 or online at https://powerequipment.honda.com/ and click on “Recalls and Updates” for more information.