Boater Safety

We want to make sure all boaters are properly prepared and being safe

U.S. Coast Guard regulations are designed to keep you safe on the water. The safety gear that you are required to carry depends on the size of your vessel and we’ll outline exactly what you need to meet the coast guard requirements.  Keep in mind that these are minimum requirements and we’ll discuss extra safety measures later on that you can take to keep yourself and your crew safe on the water.

Less than 16' canoes, kayaks

  • Personal Flotation Devices:  One Type I, II, III or V per person. PFDs must be Coast Guard approved, wearable by the intended user and readily accessible. (See “The Newtons are coming” below.)
  • Fire Extinguishers:  One B-I, any type. Fire extinguishers required on boats with enclosed engine compartments (not outboards), enclosed living spaces or permanent fuel tanks.
  • Visual Distress Signals:  Night signals required when operating at night; date of manufacture must be within 42 months of the current date.
  • Sound Producing Devices:  Horn or whistle recommended to signal intentions or signal position.
  • Marine Sanitation Devices:  Vessels with installed toilet facilities must have an operable, Coast Guard-certified Type I, II or III Device (MSD). Subject to local laws.
  • Pollution Regulation Placards:  No placards required.
  • Backfire Flame Arrestor:  One Coast Guard-approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline-powered engines built after August 1980, except outboard motors.
  • Ventilation:  Coast Guard-standard system required on gasoline-powered vessels with enclosed engine compartments built after August 1980.

Vessels 16' to 26' (Less than 8m)

  • Personal Flotation Devices:  One Type I, II, III or V per person plus one Type IV throwable. PFDs must be Coast Guard approved, wearable by the intended user and readily accessible. (See “The Newtons are coming” below.)
  • Fire Extinguishers:  One B-I, any type. Fire extinguishers required on boats with enclosed engine compartments (not outboards), enclosed living spaces or permanent fuel tanks.
  • Visual Distress Signals:  Minimum of three-day use and three-night use or three day/night combination pyrotechnic devices. Non-pyrotechnic substitutes: one orange distress flag (day-use) and one electric SOS signal light (night-use). Pyrotechnic signals must have a manufacture date within 42 months of the current date.
  • Sound Producing Devices:  Horn or whistle recommended to signal intentions or signal position.
  • Marine Sanitation Devices:  Vessels with installed toilet facilities must have an operable, Coast Guard-certified Type I, II or III Marine Sanitation Device (MSD). Subject to local laws.
  • Pollution Regulation Placards:  No placards required.
  • Backfire Flame Arrestor:  One Coast Guard-approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline-powered engines built after August 1980, except outboard motors.
  • Ventilation:  Coast Guard-standard system required on gasoline-powered vessels with enclosed engine compartments built after August 1980.

Vessels 26' to 40' (Less Than 12m)

  • Personal Flotation Devices:  One Type I, II, III or V per person plus one Type IV throwable. PFDs must be Coast Guard approved, wearable by the intended user and readily accessible. (See “The Newtons are coming” below.)
  • Fire Extinguishers:  One B-II or two B-I
  • Visual Distress Signals:  Minimum of three-day use and three-night use or three day/night combination pyrotechnic devices. Non-pyrotechnic substitutes: one orange distress flag (day-use) and one electric SOS signal light (night-use). Pyrotechnic signals must have a manufacture date within 42 months of the current date.
  • Sound Producing Devices:  Horn or whistle recommended to signal intentions or signal position.
  • Marine Sanitation Devices:  Vessels with installed toilet facilities must have an operable, Coast Guard-certified Type I, II or III Marine Sanitation Device (MSD). Subject to local laws.
  • Pollution Regulation Placards:  5″ x 8″ Oil Discharge placard and 4″ x 9″ Waste Discharge placard.
  • Backfire Flame Arrestor:  One Coast Guard-approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline-powered engines built after August 1980, except outboard motors.
  • Ventilation:  Coast Guard-standard system required on gasoline-powered vessels with enclosed engine compartments built after August 1980.

Vessels 40' to 65' (Less Than 20m)

  • Personal Flotation Devices:  One Type I, II, III or V per person plus one Type IV throwable. PFDs must be Coast Guard approved, wearable by the intended user and readily accessible. (See “The Newtons are coming” below.)
  • Fire Extinguishers:  One B-II and one B-I, or three B-I
  • Visual Distress Signals:  Minimum of three-day use and three-night use or three day/night combination pyrotechnic devices. Non-pyrotechnic substitutes: one orange distress flag (day-use) and one electric SOS signal light (night-use). Pyrotechnic signals must have a manufacture date within 42 months of the current date.
  • Sound Producing Devices:  One bell and one whistle or horn required to signal intentions or position.
  • Marine Sanitation Devices:  Vessels with installed toilet facilities must have an operable, Coast Guard-certified Type I, II or III Marine Sanitation Device (MSD). Subject to local laws.
  • Pollution Regulation Placards:  5″ x 8″ Oil Discharge placard and 4″ x 9″ Waste Discharge placard. Vessels 40′ and longer with a galley must have a Waste Management Plan.
  • Backfire Flame Arrestor:  One Coast Guard-approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline-powered engines built after August 1980, except outboard motors.
  • Ventilation:  Coast Guard-standard system required on gasoline-powered vessels with enclosed engine compartments built after August 1980.
  • A copy of the Inland Navigation Rules (“Rules of the Road”)must be kept on board.

Vessels 65' to 165' (Less Than 50m)

  • Personal Flotation Devices:  One Type I, II, III or V per person plus one Type IV throwable. PFDs must be Coast Guard approved, wearable by the intended user and readily accessible. (See “The Newtons are coming” below.)
  • Fire Extinguishers:  Vessels weighing up to 50 gross tons must carry at least one B-II extinguisher. Vessels weighing 50 to 100 gross tons must carry two B-II extinguishers.
  • Visual Distress Signals:  Minimum of three-day use and three-night use or three day/night combination pyrotechnic devices. Non-pyrotechnic substitutes: one orange distress flag (day-use) and one electric SOS signal light (night-use). Pyrotechnic signals must have a manufacture date within 42 months of the current date.
  • Sound Producing Devices:  One bell and one whistle or horn required to signal intentions or position.
  • Marine Sanitation Devices:  Type II or III MSD only.
  • Pollution Regulation Placards:  5″ x 8″ Oil Discharge placard and 4″ x 9″ Waste Discharge placard. Vessels 40′ and longer with a galley must have a Waste Management Plan
  • Backfire Flame Arrestor:  One Coast Guard-approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline-powered engines built after August 1980, except outboard motors.
  • Ventilation:  Coast Guard-standard system required on gasoline-powered vessels with enclosed engine compartments built after August 1980.
  • A copy of the Inland Navigation Rules (“Rules of the Road”) must be kept on board.

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