Safety Equipment Violations

The following are the most frequent boating law violations compiled by the Michigan Marine Publications.

  1. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs):
    • Not the proper types of PFDs on boats
    • No type IV (throwables) on boats over 16 feet
    • Insufficient number for passengers aboard
    • Not readily available or accessible
    • Not the proper size (especially for children)
    • Not being worn by children 6 years and under
  2. Fire Extinguisher requirements not met:
    • None aboard
    • Not serviceable
    • Not the proper type
  3. Most Common Registration Violations:
    1. Certificate of registration not aboard.
    2. Improper display of numbers (location, size, spacing).
    3. Failure to transfer ownership within 15 days of sale.