(a) A vessel of 12 meters or more in length shall be provided with a whistle, a vessel
of 20 meters or more in length shall be provided with a bell in addition to a whistle,
and a vessel of 100 meters or more in length shall, in addition, be provided with
a gong, the tone and sound of which cannot be confused with that of the bell. The whistle, bell and gong shall comply with the specifications in Annex III to
these Rules (33 CFR part 86). The bell or gong or both may be replaced by other equipment having the same respective
sound characteristics, provided that manual sounding of the prescribed signals shall
always be possible.
(b) A vessel of less than 12 meters in length shall not be obliged to carry the sound
signaling appliances prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule but if she does not,
she shall be provided with some other means of making an efficient sound signal.
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