WEEMS AND PLATH

SOS DIS­TRESS LIGHT NO. C-1001

Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR / BOATINGLAB -

This patented float­ing de­vice ac­ti­vates with a twist of its Fres­nel lens, emit­ting an SOS sig­nal re­port­edly vis­i­ble as far as 10 nau­ti­cal miles. It sat­is­fies Coast Guard sig­nal car­riage re­quire­ments, but only for recre­ational boats and only when ac­com­pa­nied with a day-sig­nal or­ange flag — which is in­cluded in each pack­age. The lat­ter elim­i­nates the need to carry flammable, toxic chem­i­cal-fire or smoke flares. SUM­MARY: This sig­nal was sim­ple to ac­ti­vate and re­quired no ad­di­tional as­sis­tance once ac­ti­vated. It is wa­ter­proof, floats and comes with a lan­yard. The light was far brighter than we ex­pected from a sin­gle LED. Spare bat­ter­ies in the ditch bag add life, and in our ex­am­i­na­tion, it ap­peared durable enough to stand up to bangs and knocks dur­ing stor­age and de­ploy­ment.

COAST GUARD AP­PROVED: Yes

SOLAS AP­PROVED: No

SHELF LIFE: Un­lim­ited with pe­ri­odic bat­tery changes

BURN-TIME SPECS: 60 hours

VIS­I­BIL­ITY: 10 nau­ti­cal miles

POW­ERED BY: Three C-cells

BAT­TERY RE­PLACE­MENT COST: $6

REFLECTOR RANGE: 210 yards; the far­thest re­flec­tors be­gan to show di­min­ish­ing light but were still sur­pris­ingly strong for a sin­gle LED.

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