||Sailboat under 23’ minimum bright flashlight. All others –
Side lights: green on starboard, red on port/left OR
combined green/red on bow. White stern or mast light.
Must display nav. lights between sunset and sunrise or in
fog, rain or haze. Night anchor: display all around white.
||At least one B-1 U.S. Coast Guard approved hand-held
portable fire extinguisher. Pop-up stem or indicator dial in
green zone. Not required for outboard motorboats under
26 feet if no entrapment of flammable gases or vapors
and gas tank is not enclosed within hull. 26-40’ 2 B-I or 1
B-II (see also Fixed system)
||Boats with enclosed gas tanks must have blowers.
Run blower minimum 4 minutes before starting engine.
||One USCG. SAE or UL approved device on each
carburetor of all gasoline engines, except outboards
||Any device capable of making an “efficient sound signal”
audible for one-half mile (whistle or horn). Recommend
attaching whistle to PFD (life vest).
||Electrical system protected by fuses or manual reset
circuit breakers. Switches and fuse panels must be
protected from rain or water spray. Wiring must be in good
condition, properly installed with no exposed areas, or
deteriorated insulation. Batteries must be secured and
terminals covered to prevent accidental arcing. If installed,
self-circling or kill-switch mechanism must be in proper
working order. All PWCs require an operating self-circling
or kill-switch mechanism (test this).
||Must be on board, 4" block numbers properly affixed.
Federal Navigation Rules
|Over 26’ must display Marpol Trash Placard (near galley)
and Pollution Discharge placard (oil & fuel) near or in
engine compartment. Over 40’ written trash disposal plan
on board. Over 39.4’ copy of Federal Navigation rules.
||First Aid Kit, anchor and lines, bailer, water, hat,
sunglasses, sunscreen. Give a Float Plan to on-shore
relative/ friend with following info to aid in search: boat
numbers /name, boat description /type, your name and
number of passengers, where you’ll be (lake name/area)
when you plan to be back. Be sure to Call to let them know
you are staying out longer and Call when you get back.