Required Boating Safety Equipment
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.
Sound Signaling Device
Carry a bell, whistle, or horn to warn another boater or to request assistance.
Visual Distress Signal
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.
— Published: Spring 2015
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BoatUS Recommends You Should Also Carry These:
- VHF Radio
- First-Aid Kit
- Extra Fuel/Water
- Tool Kit
- Sun Protection
- Cell Phone
BoatUS sponsors the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Power Squadrons voluntary Vessel Safety Checks. For more info, www.safetyseal.net