In large craft or in barges where compartments run athwartships, are flooding alarms rigged on both port and
Are flooding alarm sensors well-secured to fixed objects such as stanchions, drainage pipes or ladders?
Is the lower indicator light wire rigged to the 1-foot flooding alarm sensors?
Is the upper indicator light wire rigged to the 3-foot flooding alarm se sors?
Are the batteries secured for heavy weather?If topside, they must be in a watertight box ) Is battery ventilation
Are proper navigation lights installed for towed unit?
Is each light rigged with two bulbs, so that if one burns out the craft still complies with the Rules of the Road?
Is all wiring well-secured and protected from damage by the elements?
Is the tow equipped with a solar switch or time switch?
Are the batteries in a watertight box and secured for heavy weather?
Is battery ventilation adequate?
(If topside, batteries must be in a watertight box. The location should be carefully considered and secured
from heavy seas. If possible, they should be inside the ship)
Are the batteries charged with sufficient amperage available to keep the lights burning brightly for the duration
of the trip?
Total ampere capacity of the bank
Sufficient battery amperage must be calculated and available to cover the following.
Wattage of the bulbs serviced
Distance of bulbs from battery resistance
Duration of tow (taking into consideration the solar/time switch and length of the period of darkness)
(Note' Current requirements are listed in Section 6-9 of the U.S. Navy Towing Manual.)