The Massachusetts Boater Safety Handbook
The Official Boating Handbook of the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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A vessel’s length class determines the equipment necessary to comply with federal and state laws.
Vessels are divided into length classes:
- Less than 16 feet - (Class A)
- 16 feet to less than 26 feet - (Class 1)
- 26 feet to less than 40 feet - (Class 2)
- 40 feet to less than 65 feet - (Class 3)
Length is measured from the tip of the bow in a straight line to the stern. This does not include outboard motors, brackets, rudders, bow attachments, or swim platforms and ladders that are not a molded part of the hull.