Vermont Required Equipment Checklist

PWC Boat Less Than 16 Ft. Boat 16 Ft. To Less Than 26 Ft.
Boating Safety Education Certificate ✓1 ✓1 ✓1
Certification of Registration on Board
Validation Stickers Displayed
PFDs: Wearable Type I, II, III, or V ✓2 ✓2 ✓2
PFD: Throwable Type IV     ✓3
Type B-I Fire Extinguisher
Engine Cut-Off Switch    
Backfire Flame Arrestor ✓6
Ventilation System
Horn, Whistle, or Bell
Daytime VDSs     ✓5
Nighttime VDSs 6 ✓5 ✓5
Navigation Lights 6
  1. Applicable if operator is born after January 1, 1974. See Who May Operate a Vessel for more information.
  2. Those on a PWC must wear a PFD at all times. Those under the age of 12 must wear a PFD while underway on an open deck. See Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for more information.
  3. Required on vessels 16 feet or longer operating on U.S. waterways determined navigable by the USCG, including Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog, and Wallace Pond.
  4. Required on all powerboats (except outboards).
  5. Required when boating on federally controlled waters.
  6. Certain items are not applicable to PWC because they are allowed only to operate between sunrise and sunset.