Owning a small power boat is a dream of many Americans. The freedom of exploring the local waterways and good time with family continues to make small power boats a popular hobby for today’s families. Fishing, swimming, sunbathing, and tubing are great ways to spend leisurely weekends with family. However, ownership of small power boats also involve a number of responsibilities that these individuals take on when they decide to become a small boat owner:
Owners of small power boats are required to keep a variety of safety equipment on board for emergencies. These include:
- Personal flotation devices (PFDs) – One PFD should be available for each person on board the boat. Children should be provided with child-size PFDs.
- Whistle – A whistle is used as an auditory notification of an emergency. The sound must carry at least one nautical mile.
- Visual distress signal light – In some states day/night flares are required to have on board.
- Fire extinguisher – Optional equipment. You want to check your local laws to see if they are required.
- First aid kit – A small first aid kit can be helpful, check state laws to see if it is required.