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
Bailing Device Yes Yes Yes
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
Adequate Ventilation 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.

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