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Required Equipment Checklist

  PWC Boat Less Than 16 Ft. Boat 16 Ft. to Less Than 26 Ft.
Boater Education Certificate on Board ✓1 ✓1 ✓1
Certificate of Number on Board
Validation Decals Displayed
"No Discharge" Cert. Decal Displayed   ✓2 ✓2
PFDs: Type I, II, III, or V ✓3 ✓4 ✓4
PFD: Type IV
Type B-I Fire Extinguisher
Engine Cut-Off Switch    
Backfire Flame Arrestor ✓5 ✓5
Ventilation System
Horn, Whistle, or Bell
Daytime VDSs
Nighttime VDSs 6 ✓4 ✓4
Navigation Lights 6
  1. Required for all PWC operators and for those born on or after January 1, 1986, operating a vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower.
  2. All vessels with a permanently installed marine toilet must be inspected and display a decal.
  3. Those on PWC must wear a PFD at all times.
  4. Children under 13 years of age must wear a USCG–approved PFD while underway in a recreational vessel less than 65 feet in length unless below deck or in an enclosed cabin.
  5. Required on inboard and stern drives only.
  6. Not applicable since PWC may not operate at night.