Boating provides people with a great way to explore the sea. However, while it can be a fun experience, boating trips are also full of risks. For this reason, boat owners need to ensure the safety of all your passengers. One of the best ways you can keep everyone safe while exploring the sea is to have the necessary safety equipment.

According to the website of Hankey Law Office, not having safety equipment on your boat can jeopardize the security of guests. Here are some of the most important safety equipment your boat must have:

Floatation Device

The life jacket in your boat must comply with the US Coast Guard requirements. You must have one approved Type I, II, III, or V floatation device to board on water skis, tubes, etc.

Visual Distress Signal

Boats must also have its own visual distress signal (VDS). The VDS must contain one orange distress flag and one electric distress light, or three hand-held floating orange smoke signals and an electric distress flight, three combination red flares, and others.

Fire Extinguisher

For boats that have inboard engines, it is necessary to have one marine type fire extinguisher. In the case of motor boats, it should be not less than 26 feet long. Again, the fire extinguisher should be approved by the US Coast Guard.


There should be two ventilation ducts effective enough to ventilate every compartment containing gasoline engine and/or tank. The exception is those who have boats with permanently installed tanks.

Sound Producing Device

Sound producing devices are designed to make a sound signal. It does not make sounds for human produced noise

Navigation Lights

Navigation lights are necessary for displaying sunset or sunrise

These are just some safety equipment that you need to have to ensure the safety of your passengers or yourself as well.