Emergency Communication Devices
Vessels operating more than one mile from shore must have on board a VHF marine radio or a USCG–approved emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).
- Canoes, PWC/thrill craft, surfboards, and paddleboards are exempt from this requirement.
- Kayaks and training sailboats also are exempt if these vessels are accompanied by a vessel with the required equipment.
- Although PWC are exempt, these pieces of communication gear are highly recommended.