The Handbook of Tennessee Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Web Version
Table of Contents
|PWC||Boat Less Than 16'||Boat 16' to Less Than 26'|
|Certificate of Number On Board||✔||✔ 1||✔ 1|
|Registration Number Displayed||✔||✔ 1||✔ 1|
|Validation Decals Displayed||✔||✔ 1||✔ 1|
|Wearable PFDs (Type I, II, or III)||✔ 2||✔ 3,4||✔ 3,4|
|Throwable PFD (Type IV)||✔|
|Type B-I Fire Extinguisher||✔||✔||✔|
|Backfire Flame Arrestor||✔||✔ 5||✔ 5|
|Sound Signaling Ability||✔||✔||✔|
|Daytime Visual Distress Signals||✔ 6|
|Nighttime Visual Distress Signals||7||✔ 6||✔ 6|
- Not required for vessels propelled only by paddles or oars.
- Each person on board a PWC must wear a PFD (life jacket) at all times.
- Children 12 years of age and younger must wear a USCG–approved life jacket at all times while on the open deck of a recreational vessel that is not anchored, moored, or aground.
- Each person on board vessels being operated within specifically marked areas below dams must wear a PFD at all times.
- Required on boats with inboard engines or stern drives.
- Required when boating on federally controlled waters.
- Certain items do not apply to PWCs because they are not allowed to operate between sunset and sunrise.