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All boats, including PWC, are required to have a Type B USCG–approved fire extinguisher on board if one or more of the following conditions exist:

  • Closed compartments under seats where portable fuel tanks may be stored
  • Closed storage compartments in which flammable or combustible materials may be stored
  • Closed living spaces
  • Installed inboard engines
  • Double-bottoms not sealed to the hull or not completely filled with flotation materials
  • Permanently installed fuel tanks

In Oregon, outboard motorboats that are less than 26 feet in length and of open construction are encouraged, but not required, to carry a fire extinguisher.

Approved types of fire extinguishers are identified by the following marking on the label—“Marine Type USCG Approved”—followed by the type and size symbols and the approval number.

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