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Federal law requires all vessels, including PWC, to have a Type B fire extinguisher on board if one or more of the following conditions exist:

  • Any inboard engine
  • Closed compartments where portable fuel tanks may be stored
  • Double bottoms not sealed to the hull or which are not filled completely with flotation material
  • Closed living spaces
  • Closed storage compartments in which flammable or combustible materials may be stored
  • Permanently installed fuel tanks (any tank where the removal of the tank is hampered by the installation of tie-down straps or clamps)

Additionally, vessels that are 26 feet or more in length must carry one or more Type B USCG–approved fire extinguishers.

Approved types of fire extinguishers are identified by the following marking on the label—"Marine Type USCG Approved"—followed by the type and size symbols and the approval number.

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