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What are Backfire Flame Arrestors for Boats?

October 17, 2023

A backfire flame arrestor is a piece of safety equipment that you need to keep onboard if your boat has an inboard engine. What do backfire flame arrestors do? When a boat engine backfires, flames could come into contact with fuel or other flammables and start a fire. A backfire flame arrestor is a round … Read more ›

Boat Fire Extinguisher Classes and Requirements

October 2, 2023

Boat fire extinguishers are an essential piece of boating safety equipment. While not all boats are required to carry one by law, it is highly recommended that all boaters be prepared to fight fire by equipping their boat with an appropriate fire extinguisher, just in case. Boat fires can happen unexpectedly. While most boat fires … Read more ›

PFD Sizing & Fitting: Characteristics and Chart

Wearing the right life jacket is not only essential for boating legally and avoiding fines, it will keep you safe. Accidents on the water happen quickly, and when something goes wrong, there is rarely time to decide to put on a PFD, much less to make sure it fits properly. Before you take to the … Read more ›

Life Jacket Regulations for Children

Life jacket rules for children are just as binding as those for adults. Although it can be tempting to think that children might be free from boating regulations, both state and federal laws protect infants’ and children’s safety in the water with specific life jacket regulations. Failure to respect these rules could lead to tragic … Read more ›

Inflatable PFD Requirements & Restrictions

Within the broader category of wearable PFDs (also known as life jackets or life vests), there are two main styles to choose from: foam or inflatable. Inflatable personal flotation devices can be a good choice for boaters who want maximum comfort and mobility. However, it is important to note that inflatable PFDs are not legal … Read more ›

Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Rules & Regulations

September 5, 2023

Personal Flotation Devices, also called life jackets, are a key element of boating safety. However, not just any life jacket will protect you properly. It is important to use a PFD that is U.S. Coast Guard approved and in good condition. Here’s how to tell if your PFD meets USCG regulations and boater safety standards.  … Read more ›

PFD Types and Designs

Life jackets, also called Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), save lives. According to the United States Coast Guard, more than three quarters of all drowning victims were not wearing a PFD at the time of their deaths. To stay safe on the water, boaters of all ages need to wear a life jacket, no matter how … Read more ›

Boat Registration and Titling Guide

July 31, 2023

To prove that you own your boat, and to operate it legally with in the United States, you will need to register and possibly also title your boat. Rules and regulations surrounding boat registration and boat titling differ from state to state, but there are things to know about the process no matter where you … Read more ›

Boat Hull Identification Numbers (HIN)

Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) are permanent markings used to identify every boat manufactured in or imported to the United States since 1972. A HIN is made up of 12 characters including numbers and letters. Each HIN is unique. A HIN include the boat’s serial number, as well as other indicators. It is illegal to alter … Read more ›

Boat Capacity Plate Rules and Calculation

According to United States Coast Guard statistics, the leading cause of boating-related deaths is capsizing. How can you minimize this risk? By understanding the information on your Boat Capacity Plate and following the recommendations for number of people, gross load and horsepower for your boat. Remember, boating regulations are there to keep you safe. It’s … Read more ›