Safety Equipment Checklist


Safety Equipment

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Prior to your Spring Launch/Boating Season, one of the things you should check is that you have all your required safety equipment on board. What are you required to have on your boat?

  • “All recreational vessels must carry one wearable life jacket for each person on board . Any boat 16 feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable (Type IV) device .”

    (USCG’s A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS)

  • “Vessels operating on U .S . coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and territorial seas, as well as those waters connected directly, up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide, must be equipped with U .S . Coast Guard-approved visual distress signals (VDS) .”

    (USCG’s A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS)

  • “U .S . Coast Guard-approved, marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire hazard could be expected from the engines or fuel system .”
    (USCG’s A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS)

  • “Boats that use gasoline for electrical generation, mechanical power, or propulsion are required to be equipped with a ventilation system .”

    (USCG’s A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS)

  • “Gasoline engines installed in a motorboat or motor vessel after April 25, 1940, except outboard motors, must be equipped with an acceptable means of backfire flame control .”

    (USCG’s A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS)

  • “Navigation Rules require sound signals to be made under certain circumstances .”

    (USCG’s A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS)

  • “Recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of restricted visibility (fog, rain, haze, etc .)”

    (USCG’s A BOATER’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS)

     

    If any of the above items were a surprise to you or left you with questions, then a USCG Vessel Safety Check may be your next step. To find out more about Vessel Safety Checks, click here!