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Required Equipment Checklist


Boat Less Than 16 Ft.
(includes PWCs)
Boat 16 Ft. to Less Than 26 Ft. Boat 26 Ft. to Less Than 40 Ft.
Boater Safety Certification Card Applicable if operator is under the age of 16 years. See Who May Operate a Vessel.
Certificate of Number on Board Certificate of Number must be on board when vessel is in use.
Validation Decals Displayed Number and decal must be displayed as described in Registering Your Vessel as well as Other Facts About Titling and Registration.
PFDs: Type I, II, III, or V One wearable PFD for each person on board. Those under 12 years must always wear PFD. One wearable PFD for each person on board.
PFD: Type IV One Type IV required on boats 16 ft. or longer.
Type B-I Fire Extinguisher One B-I (when enclosed compartment) Two B-I or one B-II
Horn, Whistle, or Bell Must carry a whistle or horn or some other means to make an efficient sound signal.
Daytime Visual Distress Signals Required if boating on coastal waters of South Carolina.
Nighttime Visual Distress Signals Required if boating on coastal waters of South Carolina between sunset and sunrise.
Navigation Lights Required if boating between sunset and sunrise and in periods of restricted visibility.