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C. PFD Types
As the owner/operator of the boat, you are responsible Five types of PFDs have been approved by the U.S.
for assuring that all required safety equipment is aboard. Coast Guard. The PFDs are described as follows:
You should also consider supplying additional equipment
as needed for your safety and that of your passengers. PFD Type 1, Wearable (Figure B1) has the greatest
Check state and local regulations and call the U.S. Coast required buoyancy. Its design allows for turning most
Guard Boating Safety Hotline at 1-800-368-5647 for in- unconscious persons in the water from face down po-
formation about required safety equipment.
sition to a vertical or slightly backward, face-up posi-
tion. It can greatly increase the chances of survival.
Type 1 is most effective for all waters, especially off-
shore when rescue may be delayed. It is also the most
A. Required Safety Equipment
Most of the safety equipment required by federal regu- effective in rough waters.
lations is provided as standard equipment. Personal Flo-
tation Devices (life jackets) must fit the person wearing
it. If local regulations require additional equipment, it
must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
Minimum requirements include the following:
Personal Floatation Devices
Visual Distress Signal
Bell or Whistle
Figure B1: Type I, Wearable
PFD Type II, Wearable (Figure B2) turns its wearer in
the same way as Type I, but not as effectively. The
Type II does not turn as many persons under the same
conditions as a Type I. You may prefer to use this PFD
B. Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s)
Federal regulations require that you have at least one where there is a probability of quick rescue such as in
Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) areas where other people are commonly involved in
for each person in a recreational boat. You should not water activities.
use your boat unless all PDFs are in serviceable condi-
tion, readily accessible, legibly marked with the Coast
Guard approval number, of an appropriate size (within
the weight range and chest size marked on the PDF)
for each person aboard.
A PFD provides buoyancy to help keep your head above
the water and to help you remain in a satisfactory posi-
tion while in the water. Body weight and age should be
considered when selecting a PFD. The buoyancy pro-
vided by the PFD should support your weight in water.
Figure B2: Type II, Wearable
PFD Type III, Wearable (Figure B3) allows the wearer
to place themselves in a vertical or slightly backward
The size of the PFD should be appropriate for the wearer. position. It does not turn the wearer. It maintains the
Body weight or chest size are common methods used wearer in a vertical or slightly backward position and
to size PFDs. It is your responsibility to ensure that you has no tendency to turn the wearer face down. It has
have the proper number and types of PFD’s on board the same buoyancy as a Type II PFD and may be ap-
and that your passengers know where and how to use propriate in areas where other people are commonly
involved in water activities.
Funship™ Owner’s Manual
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