3. Boating Safety Equipment & Gear

Ohio’s Sound Signal and Other Equipment Requirements

Sound Signal Equipment Requirements A vessel of 12 meters (39.4 feet) or more in length shall be provided with a power whistle or power horn and a bell. A vessel less than 12 meters in length shall not be obliged to carry the sound device described in the preceeding paragraph. However, the vessel must be […]

Ohio’s Ventilation and Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Ohio’s Ventilation System Requirements Powercraft using gasoline or other liquid fuel having a flashpoint of less than 110 degrees Fahrenheit shall be provided with ventilation as follows: At least two ventilators fitted with cowls or their equivalent for the purpose of properly and efficiently ventilating the bilges of every engine and fuel tank compartment in […]

Ohio’s Life Jacket Laws

Other than commercial vessels, no person shall operate or permit to be operated any watercraft that is 16 feet or greater in length without carrying one, Type I, II or III wearable PFD for each person on board, plus one, Type IV (throwable) PFD. Watercraft that are less than 16 feet in length and canoes […]

Life Jacket Laws in Pennsylvania

All boats must have a USCG-approved wearable life jacket on board for each person. Life jackets must be the appropriate size for the person intended. Check the life jacket label to ensure it’s the appropriate size for the person wearing it and make sure the jacket fits. Life jackets must be appropriate for the activity […]

Boat Safety Equipment and Lighting Requirements in Florida

Laws in regards to boat safety equipment requirements vary depending on the state you’re boating in and the size of boat you’re operating. Minimum Boat Safety Equipment Requirements In Florida the following minimum boat safety equipment is required on all Class A recreational boats (less than 16 feet in length), canoes and kayaks: One Coast […]

Maintaining Life Jackets and PFDs

Serviceable Life Jackets and Personal Flotation Devices For your life jacket to be ‘serviceable’ it must meet the following requirements: It must be Coast Guard-approved. It must be free of tears, rips or any other damages. All of the closures and zippers must work properly. Always check to ensure these requirements are met before you head […]

Distress Signals

Sound Signal Devices Sound signals are used to attract the attention of other boaters and to aid with navigation. A sound signalling device can be a whistle, a bell, a horn or a gong. All of these devices must be capable of sounding a four second-long blast. The bell or gong may be replaced by […]

Navigation Light Requirements

Navigation Light Equipment There will be mornings when the water looks like glass and you’ll want to head out for an early fishing trip. Or, you may return from visiting a friend’s cabin after sunset, or a heavy layer of fog may roll in while you’re out exploring a new area of the lake. These […]

Back-Fire Flame Control Devices and Ventilation Systems

Back-Fire Flame Control Devices If your boat is gasoline-powered and has an inboard engine that was installed after April 1940, it must have a Back-Fire Flame Arrestor (BFA) mounted to each carburetor. This device will help to muffle a spark in an enclosed engine space and prevent any sparks from causing a fire. The BFA […]

Fire Extinguisher Requirements and Maintenance

Fire Extinguisher Requirements for Boats Most powerboats operate using gasoline, which would explode if it came into contact with a flame. Fire emergencies will always be a risk for boaters, but fires can be fought with the right equipment. Although some boat types are not required to carry a fire extinguisher, you should always have […]