Required Boating Safety Equipment

Make sure you carry these items on board to stay safe (and legal!) on the water.

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Life Jackets

A properly fitting and serviceable jacket for every person on board. Remember many infatable life jackets must be worn to count toward USCG carriage requirements.

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Fire Extinguisher

It must be a Coast Guard-approved B1 model.

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Throwable

Boats over 16 feet must carry a
throwable device.

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Sound Signaling Device

Carry a bell, whistle, or horn to warn another boater or to request assistance.

Visual Distress Signal

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For boats under 16 feet, this is required only at night; for boats over 16 feet, this is required both day and night. Different rules apply on small bodies of water, but it's always wise to carry them.End of story marker

Published: Spring 2015

 

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BoatUS Recommends You Should Also Carry These:

  • Flashlight
  • Anchor
  • VHF Radio
  • Bailer
  • Oars/Paddles
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Extra Fuel/Water
  • Tool Kit
  • Sun Protection
  • Cell Phone

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