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What Do I Need On My Boat?



What Do I Need On My Boat?

Required Boating Equipment

Life Jackets

There must be on each vessel one life jacket for each person on board. The life jacket must fit the person wearing it. For example, if there are children on board, they must be wearing a life jacket suitable for a child. In Nevada, children 12 and under must be wearing the life jacket. If inflatable type life jackets are onboard, they must be worn to count as a life jacket available for use!

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  • Type II and III Life Jackets
  • Type III Inflatable Life Jacket and Type IV Throwable Device

This video demonstrates a typical Coast Guard approved Type II and Type III life jackets.


This video demonstrates Type III inflatables and Type IV Throwable Devices