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    Personal Watercraft: Required Safety Equipment — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

    Personal Watercraft: Required Safety Equipment

    Also see educational requirements and operational rules for personal watercraft.

    Title and Registration Numbers

    Title and registration numbers are required.

    Personal Flotation Devices

    One US Coast Guard-approved wearable device is required for each person on board. PFDs MUST be properly worn by all occupants, including those being towed. Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use on personal watercraft.

    Each wearable PFD must be in serviceable condition and of the appropriate size for the intended user. Wearable devices must also be approved for the activity taking place and used in accordance with the instructions on its label. Learn more about PFD fit and types.

    Fire Extinguishers

    One US Coast Guard-approved type B-1 marine-grade fire extinguisher is required. The fire extinguisher must be readily accessible. It also must be in condition for immediate and effective use at all times.

    Learn more about fire extinguisher requirements and types.

    Sound-Producing Device

    One whistle, horn or other sound-producing device is required. The device must be capable of producing an efficient sound that can signal intentions and position in periods of reduced visibility.

    Backfire Flame Arrestor

    Backfire flame arrestors are required for gasoline engines installed in a vessel after April 25, 1940. An acceptable means of backfire flame control must be suitably attached to the air intake with a flame tight connection. The device must be US Coast Guard-approved or comply with SAE J-1928 or UL 1111 standards and be marked accordingly.

    Exhaust Water Manifold

    A motorboat must have an exhaust water manifold or a factory-type muffler installed on the engine.

    Engine Cut-Off Switch Lanyard

    An engine cut-off switch (ECOS) is an emergency switch installed on a PWC that is designed to shut off the engine. The PWC operator wears a lanyard attachment that will activate the ECOS if the operator falls overboard or moves beyond the length of the lanyard. The operator or passenger may also wear a wireless attachment that will activate the ECOS if the operator or passenger fall overboard and submerge the water-activated man-overboard wireless transmitter.

    If a vessel is equipped, the cut-off switch, lanyard, or wireless device must be attached to operator, operator's clothing, or operator's PFD. It must be worn at all times by the operator when a PWC is underway. The operator must also verify that the ECOS system is fully functioning prior to operating the vessel on public water.

    Texas law does not require the retrofitting of any vessel that has not come equipped with an ECOS. This does not allow for the removal of an ECOS from a vessel that was originally equipped.

    Mirrors

    A rearview mirror no less than four inches in width and height is required when towing a person.

    A mirror is not required when towing a person if an observer is present who is:

    on board the PWC, not the operator of the PWC, 13 years of age or older, and acting in the capacity of an observer.

    Towed Watersports

    The PWC must have a minimum seating for two occupants to be legally used for towing of water skis, an aquaplane, a surfboard, a tube or any other similar devices.

    Source : tpwd.texas.gov

    Fire Extinguishers Requirements for the Recreational Boater FAQ

    Q1. Where can I find the recently published final rule on regulations for fire protection for recreational vessels?

    A1.  The rule may be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/10/22/2021-22578/fire-protection-for-recreational-vessels#sectno-reference-175.320. The regulation may be found in 33 CFR Chapter 1, Subchapter S Part 175 Subpart E .

    Q2. What is the effective date of the fire protection for recreational vessels regulation?

    A2.  The rule takes effect on April 20, 2022.

    Q3. How do I tell if my fire extinguisher is expired?

    A3.  If your disposable (non-rechargeable) fire extinguisher has the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) Trademark, a date of manufacture stamped on the bottle, and it is older than 12 years since the date, the extinguisher is considered expired and must be removed from service. Look for wording on the bottle stating, “This product must be removed from service within 12 years after date of manufacturing”.

    Q4. How can I tell if a fire extinguisher is approved for use on boats?

    A4.  The label on the bottle will state “Marine Type – USCG Approved”. Underwriters Labs approves fire extinguishers on behalf of the USCG

    Q5. Are there any changes for when marine fire extinguishers are required or the number of extinguishers required?

    A5.  No. If your boat was required to carry a fire extinguisher, it is still required to do so under this new regulation. There is also no change to the quantity required.

    Q6. Which recreational boats are required to carry marine fire extinguishers?

    A6.  All recreational boats with:

    1. Permanently installed fuel tank(s), or

    2. Spaces that are capable of trapping fumes, such as a

    a. Closed compartment under thwarts and seats wherein portable fuel tanks may be stored.

    b. Double bottom not sealed to the hull or that is not completely filled with flotation material.

    c. Closed living space.

    d. Closed stowage compartment in which combustible or flammable materials is stowed.

    Table 2 to §175.320( a )( 2 )

    Location identified in Figure 1 to §175.320(a)(2)Condition requiring fire extinguishers1Closed compartments under thwarts and seats wherein portable fuel tanks may be stored.2Double bottoms not sealed to the hull or which are not completely filled with flotation material.3Closed living spaces.4Closed stowage compartments in which combustible or flammable materials are stowed5Permanently installed fuel tanks.

    Figure 1 showing compartments where vapors may become trapped

    Q7. Are there any motorized recreational boats exempt from having to carry a fire extinguisher?

    A7.  Yes. If your boat is less than 26’ feet in length, uses an outboard engine, fuel is in a portable fuel tank, and there are no areas within the boat where fuel vapors can be trapped, the boat is not required to have a fire extinguisher.

    Q8. How many USCG approved marine fire extinguishers do I need to have readily accessible onboard my boat?

    A8.  You are required to carry a quantity of 5-B or 20-B UL-rated USCG approved extinguishers as required in the chart shown here for recreational boats 65 feet in length and less. There are also 10-B rated extinguishers available. Although the math would tell you that one 10-B rated extinguisher equals two 5-B extinguishers, it does not. The 10-B extinguishers only count as one 5-B even though they do contain more extinguishing agent than a 5-B.

    All recreational vessels of model year 2018 and newer must carry 5-B or 20-B rated fire extinguishers that are date stamped. Vessels older than model year 2018 may carry either 5-B or 20-B rated fire extinguishers that, if portable, are either not date stamped or not more than 12 years old or B-I or B-II rated fire extinguishers that are in good and serviceable condition.

    Boat model year of 2018 and newer. NOTE - may carry only 5-B or 20-B rated fire extinguishers with date stampLength (feet)Minimum number of 5-B rated portable fire extinguishers required1If no fixed fire extinguishing system in machinery spaceIf fixed fire extinguishing system in machinery spaceUnder 161016 but less than 261026 but less than 402140 up to 6532

    1 One 20-B, rated portable fire extinguisher may be substituted for two 5-B portable fire extinguishers.  One 10-B is not a substitute for two 5-B.

    Boat model year between 1953 and 2017NOTE - may carry either 5-B, 20-B rated extinguishers with date stamp or B-I, B-II rated fire extinguishersLength (feet)Minimum number of B-I/5-B, or B-II/20-B rated portable fire extinguishers required1

    Source : uscgboating.org

    Fire Extinguishers : BoatUS Foundation

    We know we need them on board, but how many do we need and how do they work?

    Fire Extinguishers

    NEW REGULATION/S - Fire extinguishers must be replaced 12 years after manufacture.

    The new fire extinguisher regulations effective on April 20, 2022 may seem a little confusing, but if you know the model year of your boat, they boil down to two simple points.

    Vessel Length and Fire Extinguisher Type Table

    Goes into effect April 20, 2022

    Vessel Length No Fixed System With approved Fixed Systems

    Less than 26' One 5-B or One 10-B 0

    26' to less than 40' Two 5-B or Two 10-B

    or One 20-B One 5-B or One-10-B

    40' to 65' Three 5-B or Three 10-B or

    One 20-B and One 5-B or One 10-B Two 5-B or Two 10-B

    or One 20-B

    If you own a boat that is model year 2018 or newer, you may need to replace your fire extinguishers.

    In addition to meeting the carriage requirements for the correct number of extinguishers for the size of your boat, they must be labeled as 5-B, 10-B or 20-B, extinguishers labeled with B-I or B-II only are no longer acceptable.

    Extinguishers must not be more than 12 years old according to the date of manufacture stamped on the bottle

    You only have to get new ones if they are no longer serviceable. Good serviceable conditions are as follows:

    - If the extinguisher has a pressure gauge reading or indicator it must be in the operable range or position

    - The lock pin is firmly in place

    - The discharge nozzle is clean and free of obstruction

    - The extinguisher does not show visible signs of significant corrosion or damage.

    If you own a boat that is 2017 model year or older (between 1953-2017):

    You may keep your extinguishers labeled B-I and B-II as long as they are still serviceable, but

    If there is a date stamped on the bottle, extinguishers must not be more than 12 years old according to that date.

    Still need guidance? Follow our flow chart.

    These images depict what you should be seeing when you check your fire extinguisher: a date that is within the last 12 years and a classification of at least 5B. Remember, a fire extinguisher with more letters and numbers is OK too. The minimum size and classification is 5B.

    Click the image below to enlarge.

    Still have questions? Check out the frequently asked questions (FAQs) guide that gets to the bottom of some of your burning questions.

    Fire-Extinguisher Rules - FAQ

    Which Fire Extinguisher is Right for Me?

    Our recommendation is to have a tri-class (1A:10BC) fire extinguisher on board your boat. We also suggest you have more than the Coast Guard requires. A tri-class dry chemical extinguisher will meet most boaters' needs.

    As fire extinguishers are required on most boats, you most likely have one aboard. But chances are, you've never needed to use one, and might not know the proper technique for using one.

    Take the time to read the directions on your fire extinguisher - you might be surprised about what it can and can't do. For more information on fire extinguishers, check out the Foundation Findings that we did in 2009 testing different extinguishers on different fires as well as testing volunteers on how quickly they could figure out how to use one.

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    Source : www.boatus.org

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