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I purchased the C1003 device. What is the recommended way to display the unit if I need to send a distress signal? Hold/mount the device in my boat? Or attach a line to the device and float it on the water. Thanks.
Thanks for your question James. This is Steve Caldero from Sirius Signal. It seems like your question would be best answered by us — rather than the Commodore. How you would display the C-1003 depends a lot on your situation. Displaying the light at the highest...
Well, as with many things, it depends! If she has an engine, then she needs the lights that any motorized boat needs – red/green for port/starboard illumination and, for convenience, an all-around light that functions as both a stern and mast light. Being that you...
If my boat does not use a motor — meaning no gasoline — do I meet Federal requirements? Do I need to bring a fire extinguisher along?
The short answer is, no engine? No fire extinguisher. But even that is not 100% complete (see #5 below.) U.S. Coast Guard-approved, marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire hazard could be expected from the engines or fuel system. Fire...
I tried to register the Sirius C-1003 distress light but the registration card was not included in the package. What Should I Do?
Contact me, Sirius Star, at email@example.com and I will reply to your email with a serial number product card!
I have an SOS-A-1001 device that is not working (fails to flash when turned on). I have put in fresh batteries. Any other suggestions?
If the batteries did not correct the problem, please send it back for a warranty repair to Sirius Signal. We can service the unit! Joe Gallo Sirius Signal 1084 N El Camino Real Suite B-200 Encinitas, CA 92024
Short answer? Life jackets and flares! Beyond some ministerial items, the first two items that a USCGAux Vessel Examiner is required to check for are just that — life jackets and flares. Other required items are fire extinguishers, navigation lights, and a...