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Old     (deneng)      Join Date: Feb 2005       07-16-2005, 10:04 PM Reply   
that are required by coast gaurd to have on your boat? I know 1. Vests for everyone. 2. Fire extinguisher. 3. Flag. I also heard you have too have 2 white floating pads. Is there any other? Thank You
Old     (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       07-17-2005, 1:05 AM Reply   
By the "white floating pad" I assume you mean "throw cushion? You are required to have a throw cushion but color is unimportant, and it must be within easy reach not under a seat. The fire extinguisher must be mounted within easy reach also. Anchor (recommend chain too), and rope. An oar is also required. Towing you are required to have a spotter and a mirror (two mirrors are even better).

There is other minor stuff, like flame arrestor, horn, navigation lights for night time operation, etc.

They will quickly write tickets for things like sitting or standing on the side of the boat when moving, and the driver gets the ticket.
Old     (jbjboc)      Join Date: Aug 2004       07-17-2005, 8:20 AM Reply   
Anchor is NOT required....
You also need a Coast Guard Approved vest for everyone in the boat, throw out pad, oar, and Fire Exinguisher. Current registration, and preferably insurance
Old     (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       07-17-2005, 9:02 PM Reply   
I must be wrong on the anchor part, but when we got inspected by the Coast Guard volunteers, when launching at the Delta, we had to show them our anchor, along with all the other stuff.
Required equipment

Anchors are on the "recommmended list"
Old     (troyl)      Join Date: Feb 2002       07-19-2005, 10:16 PM Reply   
A wakeboard or ski can be considered an oar.
Old    leggester            07-20-2005, 7:26 AM Reply   
Your California Dept of Wildlife, Dept of Recreation, or similar dept will have the boating rules and regs for your state.

CGV is NOT an authority on state laws. They suggest many things that are not required, but are considered a must have for general safety.

I am beginning to really dislike the Colorado volounteers. They are getting quite the attitude. They have courtesy inspections, but try to make you feel like it's a required thing to have to boat on CO lakes.
Old     (thespleen)      Join Date: Feb 2004       07-20-2005, 9:51 AM Reply   
Here's California's rules
Old     (jklein)      Join Date: May 2001       07-20-2005, 9:53 AM Reply   
Don't forget the ski flag if you are pulling a rider.


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