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Required Equipment: Powerboats (Including those with Electric Motors)


PWCS (JETSKI, SEADOO, WAVERUNNER, ETC.) LESS THAN 16'
16' BUT LESS THAN 26'
26' BUT LESS THAN 40'
40' BUT LESS THAN 65'

REGISTRATION & NUMBERSORC 1547.53

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PERSONAL
FLOTATION DEVICES
ORC 1547.25
One type I, II, III or V wearable device for each person on board. Yes
See Note 1
Yes
See Note 2
Yes
See Note 2
Yes Yes
One Type IV throwable device as an extra Yes Yes Yes
FIRE
EXTINGUISHER(S)ORC 1547.27
One type B-1 Yes Yes
See Note 3
Yes
See Note 3
Two type B-1 or one B-2 Yes
Three type B-1 or one B-2 plus one B-1 Yes
VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS
ORC 1547.251
On Lake Erie a USCG-approved signal for both day and night use Yes Yes Yes
On Lake Erie (sunset to sunrise) a USCG-approved signal for night use See Note 4 Yes
On waters other than Lake Erie a distress flag or USCG- approved signal for day use Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SOUND SIGNALING DEVICES
OAC 1501:47-2-33
On federal waters, a whistle, horn or other device Yes Yes Yes Yes
See Note 5
Yes
See Note 5
On inland waters a whistle, horn or other device Yes Yes
See Note 5
Yes
See Note 5
ANCHOR AND LINE
ORC 1547.26 & OAC 1501:47-1-11
Yes
See Note 6
Yes
See Note 6
Yes Yes Yes
LIGHTS
OAC 1501:47-2
Running lights as prescribed by federal and state law See Note 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anchor light (displayed at anchor)
See Note 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
VENTILATION Engine and fuel tank compartments
ORC 1547.29
Yes
See Note 7
Yes Yes Yes Yes
BACKFIRE FLAME ARRESTOR Inboard engines
ORC 1547.28
Yes
See Note 7
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MUFFLING DEVICE or underwater exhaust
ORC 1547.31
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ENGINE CUTOFF SWITCH LANYARD
ORC 1547.41
Yes
INLAND NAVIGATION RULES
OAC 1501:47-1-29
Yes
See Note 8
Yes
GARBAGE PLACARD
OAC 1501:47-1-28
Yes Yes
OIL POLLUTION PLACARD
OAC 1501:47-1-27
Yes Yes

1. Every person on board a PWC must wear a properly fitted life jacket.

2. On vessels less than 18 feet, any child less than 10 years of age must wear a properly fitted life jacket.

3. Except for vessels with an electric motor and vessels less than 26 feet of "open construction" with an outboard motor.

4. Prohibited from operating between sunset and sunrise.

5. Vessel of 12 meters (39.4 feet) or more must have a power whistle; vessels over 20 meters (not included on this chart) also must have a bell.

6. Exception for any vessel less than 14 feet, any canoe, and any sailboat less than 21 feet.

7. Some varieties of personal watercraft may be exempted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Consult your watercraft dealer or the manufacturer to verify requirements for these devices.

8. Applies to vessels 12 meters (39.4 feet) or more.

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