Required Equipment Checklist

Use this checklist to make sure you go on the water properly equipped. Important: An X means the item is required. Also note the additional stipulations denoted by numbers 1 through 7.

 

PWC

Boat Less
Than 16 Ft.
(Class A)

Boat 16 Ft. To
Less Than 26 Ft.
(Class 1)

Boating Safety Certificate On Board

X 1

X 1

X 1

Certificate of Boat Registration On Board

X

X

X

Validation Decals Displayed

X

X

X

PFDs: Type I, II, or III

X 2

X 3

X 3

PFD: Type IV

 

 

X

Type B-I Fire Extinguisher

X

X

X

Ignition Safety Switch

X

 

 

Backfire Flame Arrestor

X

X 4

X 4

Ventilation System

X

X

X

Muffler

X

X

X

Horn, Whistle, or Bell

X 5

X 5

X 5

Daytime Visual Distress Signals

 

 

X 5

Nighttime Visual Distress Signals

6

X 5

X 5

Navigation Lights

6

X

X

 

  1. Applicable if operator is 12 to 15 years of age.
  2. Those on PWCs must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.
  3. Those under the age of 13 must wear a PFD at all times while on any moving vessel.
  4. Required on inboards and stern drives only.
  5. Required on federally controlled waters.
  6. Not applicable to PWCs because PWCs are not allowed to operate between sunset and sunrise.