Required Boating Safety Equipment:
|Checklist Item||Under 16 feet long||16 to less than 26 feet||26 feet and longer|
|Display of Registration Decals||Yes (a)||Yes (a)||Yes (a)|
|Registration Card On Board||Yes (a)||Yes (a)||Yes (a)|
|Display of Bow Numbers||Yes (b)||Yes (b)||Yes (b)|
|Fire Extinguisher||Yes (c)||Yes (c)||Yes (c)(d)(e)|
|Spare Propulsion||Yes||Yes for vessels under 21′ recommended for others||Recommended|
|Sound Producing Device||Strongly Recommended||Yes||Yes (f)|
|One Life Jacket for Each Person On Board (kids under 13 wearing)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Type IV Throwable Floatation Device (PFD)||Strongly Recommended||Yes||Yes|
|Proper Navigation Lights||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Meets Noise/Muffler Requirements||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Approved Flame Arrestor||Yes (g)||Yes (g)||Yes (g)|
|Capacity Plate Displayed||Yes (h)||Yes for vessels under 20′ (h) manufacturer’s option for 20’+||Manufacturer’s Option|
|Hull Identification Number (HIN)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Proof of Liability Insurance||Yes, for PWCs and motorboats with 50 hp or greater engines||Yes, for motorboats with 50 hp or greater engines||Yes, for motorboats with 50 hp or greater engines|
|(a) Required for all registered vessels. Registration is required for all motorized and sailing vessels.
(b) Required for all registered vessels except U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels.
(c) Not required for outboard motorboats of open construction; however they are recommended for all motorboats.
(d) Vessels 26 ft to 40 ft must carry two B-I or one B-II fire extinguisher(s).
(e) Vessels 40 ft and longer must carry three B-I or one B-I and one B-II fire extinguisher(s).
(f) Vessels 40 ft and longer must carry a bell in addition to a horn or whistle.
(g) Required for inboard gasoline engines equiped with a carburetor.
(h) Vessels exempt from this requirement include: sailboats, canoes, kayaks, inflatable vessels, and vessels manufactured prior to 1973.