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Texas Required Equipment Checklist

  PWC Boat Less Than 16 Ft. Boat 16 Ft. to Less Than 26 Ft.
Boater Education Certification Card and
Photographic Identification on Board
✓1 ✓1 ✓1
Certificate of Number on Board
Validation Decals Displayed
PFDs: Type I, II, III, or V ✓2 ✓3 ✓3
PFD: Type IV    
Type B-I Fire Extinguisher 1 B-I 1 B-I 2 B-I or 1 B-II
Engine Cut-Off Switch
Backfire Flame Arrestor
Ventilation System
Horn, Whistle, or Bell
Daytime Visual Distress Signals     ✓5
Nighttime Visual Distress Signals 6 ✓5 ✓5
Navigation Lights 6
  1. Applicable if operator is under 18 years of age. See Who May Operate a Vessel.
  2. Those on PWC must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.
  3. Those under the age of 13 must wear a PFD at all times while underway.
  4. Required on boats with inboard engines or stern drives.
  5. Required when boating on federally controlled waters.
  6. Certain items are not applicable to PWC because they are not allowed to operate between sunset and sunrise.