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Boating Safety Equipment Checklist & Safety Tips

Boating Safety Checklist Print this page and keep it with your boat or inside your garage, ready for inspection. By using this checklist, or one fine tuned by yourself, you'll be sure that everything is on board and in good working order. Your passengers will appreciate the piece of mind knowing you’re conscious about boating safety.

Float plan--let a friend know when you're leaving, where you're going, when you expect to return, what to do if you don't, and a description of your boat

Registration certificate or documentation

Personal Flotation Devices (wearable and throwable)--USCG approved, good condition, readily accessible, assigned and fitted

Fire Extinguishers--right number, size, and class for boat; charged, not corroded, nozzle clear, bracketed, readily accessible

Visual Distress Signals--current dates on flares, proper number, batteries good if lights or EPIRB

Anchors and Line--adequate anchor for bottom, adequate line for water depth

Bilge device --bilge pump operable, alternative bailing device available

Watch or clock--operable

Bright flashlight or searchlight

Navigation lights --tested and operable, spare bulbs

Batteries--fully charged, encased in plastic boxes or terminals covered, securely fastened down

Sound-producing device--horn, whistle appropriate for boat

Alternate propulsion--paddle or oar

FCC license--if VHF radio, radar, epirb or other transmitter aboard

First Aid Kit

Tools--spare outboard prop and lock nut; spare trolling motor prop and pin


Sunscreen Weather Radio