Recreational Boating Safety Equipment
Going over a few Items you are required to have if stopped for a safety inspection by the Coast Guard.
If you are operating a boat, canoe or kayak of any length, you must carry a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board. If stored, they should be readily accessible. Children under 13 years of age must wear a properly fitted, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while underway in a boat.
One item I left out is a well equipped first aid kit! Although not a legal requirement, it only makes sense to have a good marine first aid kit.
*Note, the orange type II PFD while cumbersome and not as attractive as the type III PFD Coat shown, the orange Horseshoe style type II is designed to keep a person face up even if unconscious in the water.
The type III PFD is a tradeoff in that it lacks the ability to hold a person face up in all conditions. I wear it far more often than the orange type II.
Ultimately I need to obtain a type I offshore vest style PFD to fully compliment any conditions.
* this is meant as a demonstration video showing several different safety items , and in no way can hold me responsible for your own actions.