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Required Equipment Checklist

PWC Boat Less Than 16 Ft. Boat 16 Ft. to
Less Than 26 Ft.
Boating Safety Certificate on Board ✓1 ✓1 ✓1
Certificate of Number on Board
Validation Decals Displayed
Wearable PFDs: Type I, II, or III ✓2 ✓3 ✓3
Throwable PFD: Type IV
Type B-I Fire Extinguisher
Engine Cut-Off Switch    
Backfire Flame Arrestor ✓4 ✓4
Ventilation System
Horn, Whistle, or Bell ✓5 ✓5
Daytime VDSs     ✓5
Nighttime VDSs N/A ✓5 ✓5
Navigation Lights N/A ✓6 ✓6
  1. Applicable for some operators. See Who May Operate a Boat and Who May Operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC) for details.
  2. Those on PWC must wear a PFD at all times. Inflatable PFDs may not be used.
  3. Those under the age of 6 years must wear a Type I or II PFD when riding on the open deck of any vessel.
  4. Required on inboard and stern drives only.
  5. Required only on the Great Lakes and waters connected to the Great Lakes.
  6. Unpowered vessels (sailboats under sail, rowboats, etc.) are required only to have a flashlight or a lantern on hand.