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Maine Required Equipment Checklist

PWC Boat Less Than 16 Ft. Boat 16 Ft. to Less Than 40 Ft. Paddlecraft
Boater Education Certificate
On Board
Registration Certificate On Board ✓11
Validation/Lake and River Protection Stickers Displayed ✓2 ✓2 ✓2 ✓11
Life Jackets: Wearable 3 ✓4 ✓5 ✓5
Throwable Flotation Device ✓6 ✓6
Type B-I Fire Extinguisher(s) ✓7 ✓7
Backfire Flame Arrestor ✓8 ✓8
Ventilation System ✓8 ✓8 ✓8 ✓8
Sound-Producing Device
Daytime Visual Distress Signals     ✓9
Nighttime Visual Distress Signals 10 ✓9 ✓9
Navigation Lights 10 ✓11,12
  1. Required for operators 16 and 17 years of age or for operators who are accompanied on board by a person 18 years of age or older (see Who May Operate a Vessel)
  2. Vessels not registered in Maine that are operating on Maine inland waters also must display valid Maine Lake and River Protection Stickers. They must be affixed to both sides of the bow, immediately to the right of the vessel’s validation sticker.
  3. Throwable devices do not satisfy this requirement. Also, inflatable life jackets must be worn at all times. All life jackets must be readily accessible, in serviceable condition, and of the appropriate size for the intended wearer.
  4. Every person on board a PWC must wear a USCG–approved life jacket at all times.
  5. Children 10 years old and under must wear a USCG–approved life jacket at all times while on board a vessel unless the vessel is docked, anchored, or moored. Additional requirements apply on specific waterways (see Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
  6. Required in all paddlecraft over 16 feet, except canoes and kayaks.
  7. Certain outboard-powered vessels that are not carrying passengers for hire are exempt from this requirement if the vessel’s construction will not permit the entrapment of flammable gases or vapors (see Fire Extinguishers)
  8. Required on all gasoline and diesel engines installed in a powerboat (except outboard motors).
  9. Required only if operating on federally controlled waters (see Navigation Lights)
  10. Some items are not applicable to personal watercraft since these vessels may not be operated between sunset and sunrise (see Navigation Lights)
  11. Required only on paddlecraft that have a motor attached.
  12. Manually propelled watercraft must have on board a lantern or flashlight showing a white light. The light must be exhibited in time to prevent a collision.

Other equipment requirements also may apply to your specific vessel.