eVDSDs can now be used in lieu of approved rocket parachute flares, multi-star flares, hand flares or a watertight flashlight on pleasure boats >6M and <9M in length (MacGregors).
Transport Canada (TC) approved smoke signal still needs to be carried with the eVDSD for daytime alerting.
The eVDSD carried on board must:
- be labelled with the statement, “Complies with RTCM Standard 13200.0 for an eVDSD”.
- be an accredited product certification body, or the United States Coast Guard (USCG), stating that it has been tested to and meets the requirements of the RTCM standard 13200.0.
- all crew and passengers are trained in their operation.
The bad news; the cost for one device is around $400.00.