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  • All gasoline-powered vessels, constructed in a way that would entrap fumes, must have at least two ventilation ducts fitted with cowls to remove the fumes. At least one exhaust duct must extend from the open atmosphere to the lower bilge. At least one intake duct must extend from a point at least midway to the bilge or below the level of the carburetor air intake.
  • The ventilation system must be capable of removing fumes before and during the time the vessel is occupied by any person.
  • If your vessel is equipped with a power ventilation system, turn it on for at least four minutes in either of these situations:
    • After fueling
    • Before starting the engine
  • If your vessel is not equipped with a power ventilation system (for example, a PWC), open the engine compartment and sniff for gasoline fumes before starting the engine.
Boat on fire

Vessels built after July 31, 1980, which contain power exhaust blowers in gasoline engine compartments, must have the warning sticker placed near the instrument panel.