What Federal regulation must Personal Watercraft (PWC) operators adhere to just like all other powerboat operators?

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  • CB
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    1 month ago

    Since the USCG considers the PWC a class A inboard boat it is required to be registered, just like a boat; the registration papers must be onboard while the craft is in use. The USCG states the registration number and hull identification numbers are to be visible.

    Although PWCs are exempt from many of the requirements that other boats must follow; the federal safety requirements for personal watercrafts are as follows:

    Type II Life Jacket

    Life Jackets - PWCs operators and those riding are required to wear an approved personal flotation device such as a Type II life jacket.

    Visual Distress Signals – Again, the requirements are the same as for boats but since PWCs are supposed to be operating on inland waters only during daylight hours, keeping a red or orange cloth in the storage compartment will suffice. If in an area where night use is permitted, utilize the same visual distress signals requirements as for a boat.

    Fire Extinguishers – One Type BC-1, USCG approved extinguisher should be also kept in the storage compartment.

    Backfire Flame Control - PWCs have a watertight backfire flame arrester that is required to display Coast Guard, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), or Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) approval numbering.

    Sound-Producing Device – A whistle is the most convenient sound-producing device and can be attached to the operator’s PFD.

    Navigational Lights – In areas where PWCs are allowed to be out at night, the requirements are the same as that for a boat.

    Source(s): Simple google search
  • 1 month ago

    It's not Federal.  All PWC's and boats are governed by state law.

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