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Idaho Required Equipment Checklist

  PWC Boat Less Than 16 Ft. Boat 16 Ft. To Less Than 26 Ft. Human Powered: Any Length
Certificate of Registration On Board  
Validation Stickers Displayed  
PFDs: Type I, II, or III ✓1 ✓2 ✓2 ✓2
PFD: Type IV      
Type B-I Fire Extinguisher  
Backfire Flame Arrestor ✓3 ✓3  
Ventilation System  
Horn, Whistle, or Bell
Daytime Visual Distress Signals     ✓4  
Nighttime Visual Distress Signals 5 ✓4 ✓4  
Navigation Lights 5 6

  1. Each person riding on or being towed behind a PWC must wear a USCG–approved life jacket at all times.
  2. Those 14 years of age or younger must wear an approved PFD at all times when underway in a vessel 19 feet or less in length.
  3. Required on inboard and stern drives only.
  4. Required on federally controlled waters. Visit for the list of federally controlled waters in Idaho.
  5. It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility (such as fog), unless the PWC comes equipped by the manufacturer with the required navigation lights.
  6. At least one lantern or flashlight between the hours of sunset and sunrise.

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