Adventures in Boating Washington
The Official Boating Handbook of the Washington State Parks
Table of Contents
Vessel Length Classes
Before going out on the water, take steps to make the outing safe and enjoyable. A good place to start safe boating is becoming familiar with the vessel, its safety features, its operating limits, and the required safety equipment. As the operator, you are responsible not only for operating the vessel safely but also for having the required safety equipment on board and in good, working condition.
A vessel's length class determines the equipment necessary to comply with federal and state laws.
Vessels are categorized in these length classes:
- Less than 16 feet (Class A)
- 16 feet to less than 26 feet (Class 1)
- 26 feet to less than 40 feet (Class 2)
- 40 feet to less than 65 feet (Class 3)
Length is measured from the tip of the bow in a straight line to the stern. This does not include outboard motors, brackets, rudders, bow attachments, or swim platforms and ladders that are not a molded part of the hull.