Upper Saranac Lake Association

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New York State Boater Safety Requirements

USCG Approved where Required (*)

Power boats

  • One (1) life preserver* of proper size for each person on board
  • Distress Flag*, Throwable Device*, Whistle or Horn, Anchor and Line, (3) Handheld Flares*.
  • Navigation lights for night operation and fog.
  • Children under 12 required to wear life preserver while underway.
In Addition (I/O and Inboards):

Boats 16’ to less than 26’:

  • B-1 Fire Extinguisher*.

Boats 26’ to less than 40’:

  • (2) B-1* or 1 B-11 Fire Extinguisher*
  • Operators under 10 years old must be under direct supervision of person at least 18 years old.
  • Operators from 10 to 17 years old, as above or with approved boating safety certificate.

Non-Powered boats

  • Handheld Flares* and Lights for night operation only.

Personal Water Craft:

  • Operator must be 14 years old with approved boater safety certificate on board.
  • Under 14 years old, must be accompanied by certified operator at least 18 years old.
  • (1) Life Preserver* per person (must be worn).
  • (1) B-1 Fire Extinguisher*
  • “Cut Off” switch lanyard attached to driver.
  • Whistle or Horn, Distress Flag*.
  • Seating available for all people being towed.

* (USCG Approved)