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Minimum Required Safety Equipment For Boats

All states have laws regarding the minimum required safety equipment that must be on boats by the class of the boat. As an example of the minimum required safety equipment for boats, we will use the Class A recreational vessels that are less than 16 feet long, canoes, and kayaks.

The requirements for these vessels include personal floatation devices for each person on the boat as well as those being towed such as on water-skis. The personal floatation devices must be USCG approved and in good working condition as well as stored properly. For individuals under the age of six an approved Type I, II, or III personal floatation device must be worn while the vessel is in the water.

Other safety equipment required fro Class A vessels include a USCG approved fire extinguisher, a visual distress signal such as a bell, whistle, or horn is required for traveling on the high seas or coastal waters, a backfire flame control and two ventilator ducts fitted with cowls or their equivalent.

Other class boats have various other safety requirements, therefore before you set sail you learn the minimum required safety equipment for vessels in the waters you will be sailing upon. This is only an example of one states requirement, other states may have different requirements and regulations.

To learn about the various laws and state requirements for boating in your state you should consult a boat accident attorney to learn your rights and the penalties if you do not comply with the states requirements.

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