Yesterday we talked about 6 volt lights and making sure you are up to date on luminosity. One other thing, that to be honest about, is the mispercetion that our boats are grandfathered regarding safety rules. WRONG! DEAD WRONG! It’s not like cars and things from the factory or lack there of. Vents? Blowers? Electronics? Lights? All of it. But all is not lost, you can still make the best of it.
So, that vintage first aid kit with 1948 bandages? Ya, that’s not gonna pass a coast guard inspection. That’s of course obvious. But standards like luminosity, or venting, or things that affect safety of you and others need to be updated. This of course can be where the fun starts. One can be creative, Maybe vintageize your stuff. LED lights can look just like old bulbs..ish, you could paint a bilge pump to look old even though its new, you can fake look a 6 volt system. The new wiring you can get these days is Marine wring that is covered in a way to look original.
Update your battery switch off. Hide it. Install a phone charger, under the dash. Put life jacks, new ones in a vintage bag, and yes, use a vintage first aid kit but update the contents yearly. Maybe have a vintage whistle and have am bag with all the modern stuff, flairs and other stuff you carry onboard.
Fire extinguishers.- This is one of those things that is frustrating from an appearance thing. One thing that would be cool to make, and just nuts to do, would be to make a brass sleeve you could fit your fire extinguisher in. Or possibly paint your brand new one in a metal finish or wrap, and have printed labels to fut on to match your year.
Our boats are more art than boats, so the appearance of them is part of the spirit of them. But when ship happens, they quickly become boats, that explode, sink and can hurt you. Paintings don’t do that, boats do. So be creative, be artistic, and be safe. After all, we all love our grandfathers, but in a fire, I want a 25 year old that works out like a nut to save me! Sorry Grandfather. Now if you will excuse me, I need to take my morning nap!
DISCLAIMER! I am not exactly sure of any of this, but based on Gary’s info, and based on some searching, HERE IS GARY’s COMMENT YESTERDAY.
“I went looking thru the CFR’s, specifically 33-CFR where “most” of the motorboat regs reside and 46 CFR. I could not find any indication of grandfathering for the current regs. If some else has insomnia and they can point me to it, I would love to hear from them where they found it. I have a feeling Matt might cover some more of this issue, so not to take away story topics from Matt I will not spill the beans on future topics. BTW, what you will find in the regs for some critical items is mandatory compliance dates. With new regs they will typically provide a grace period for compliance.”
I did find a reference in the coast guard regs where it states that boats made after the mid 70’s require a more robust ventilation system. Not sure if this is a Grandfather thing,
If you have any more info, please comment. If you are a reader, READ THE COMMENTS., If you are a lawyer, this is the internet. SO? If you are someones grandfather and not in an urn, what do you think?