Safety Equipment

Refer to ABCs of California Boating Law by CA Dept of Boating & Waterways

Motorboats operating in coastal waters shall carry at least the following equipment:

  1. One VHF radio.
  2. Class I, II, III or V PFD for each person on board, plus one ‘throwable’ class IV.
  3. Anchor and anchor line.
  4. Oars, or paddles.
  5. At least 3 day & night USCG approved signal devices.
  6. Emergency repair kit and tools.
  7. Fire extinguisher on motorboats with open space under decking.
  8. Horn or other signaling device capable of being heard over one half mile.
  9. First aid kit. If diving, an oxygen unit.

Suggested equipment:

  1. A cellular telephone and/or BML’s satellite phone
  2. Drinking water
  3. Spare fuel
  4. Sea anchor
  5. Boat hook
  6. Bailer
  7. Dock lines