Oakland County Sheriff's Office
BOAT SAFETY CHECK LIST
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFD'S)
PFD's must be readily accessible, correct size, & one per person.
Children under the age of 6 must wear a Type I or Type II while on the open deck of a vessel.
Persons operating, riding on, or being towed behind PWC must wear a Type I, II, or III PFD.
Vessels 16' or longer in length must have a Type IV throwable PFD in addition to jacket type PFD's on board.
Use of Type III inflatable PFD's is illegal when operating, riding on, or being towed by a PWC.
Type III inflatable PFD's are legal on watercraft (other than PWC's for persons 16 years of age or older.
Watercraft registration must be current and on board.
Where required by law, ensure that the operator has State of Michigan Boater Safety Certificate on board.
Properly display MC numbers and current validation decal, e.g. both sides of the hull, forward half of vessel, above waterline, 3 inch block letters and numbers of contrasting colors to the watercraft's hull.
Check for fuel smells.
Check for bilge for gas or oil. Correct all flammable liquid problems before starting your engine or operating electrical devices.
Run your ventilation blower before initially starting the engine.
Before fueling, close all compartments. After fueling is completed, open all compartments to ventilate and run the blower for at least 4 minutes to purge all trapped fumes.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. Required when carrying flammable liquids or fuel on board.
Must be fully charged. Check the gauge or use of small test button to check the pressure.
Must be a type "B" fire extinguisher (for flammable liquids).
Must be U.S. Coast Guard approved for marine use.
Vessels less than 26 feet, one size 1 extinguisher is required.
Vessels 26 feet & less than 40 feet, two size 1 extinguishers, or one size 2 extinguisher are required.
Vessels 40 feet to less than 65 feet, three size 1 extinguishers, or one size 1 and one size 2 extinguisher are required.
SOUND PRODUCING DEVICE
LIGHTS. Required between the hours of sunset & sunrise.
VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS. Required on Federal waters.
FUEL AND OIL.
Safety chains must be used when towing.
Trailer must be equipped with working brake lights and tail lights.
Make sure tires are in good condition with proper pressure.
Maintain wheel bearings.
Ensure that trailer hitch size matches the towing ball size.
SAFETY CONCERNS, TOOLS AND SPARE EQUIPMENT.
Consider carrying "tools" you may need such as a cell phone.
Spare light bulbs, spare keys, flashlights, etc.
Anchor & line.
Boat fenders / bumpers.
WEATHER AND WATER CONDITIONS