Top 13 Survival Items Needed On A Dinghy [Safety]

Dinghy Boats are very fun to use, as well as very beneficial for those that use it for work. Always remember safety comes first above all, for you and your crew. Be responsible with your Dinghy Boat and with the lives of everyone on board.

These are the U.S. Coast Guard's Minimum Requirements For Recreational  Boats:

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For Dinghy Boats Under 16 ft:

1). Personal Flotation Devices: One approved Type I, II, III or V (must be worn) PFD for each person on board or being towed on water skis, tubes, etc.

2). Bell, Whistle: Every vessel less than 65.6 ft. (20 meters) in length must carry an efficient sound producing device.

3). Visual Distress Signals: Required to carry approved visual distress signals for night-time use.

4). Fire Extinguisher: One B-I type approved hand portable fire extinguisher. (Not required on outboard motorboats less than 26 ft in length if the construction of the motorboat is such that it does not permit the entrapment of explosive or flammable gases or vapors, and if fuel tanks are not permanently installed.)

5). Ventilation (Boats built on or after 8/1/80): At least two ventilation ducts capable of efficiently ventilating every closed compartment that contains a gasoline engine and/or tank, except those having permanently installed tanks that vent outside of the boat and which contain no unprotected electrical devices. Engine compartments containing a gasoline engine with a cranking motor are additionally required to contain power operated exhaust blowers that can be controlled from the instrument panel.

6). Back-fire Flame Arrestor: One approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline engines installed after April 25, 1940, except outboard motors.

For Dinghy Boats Between 16 ft and 26 ft:

1). Personal Flotation Devices: One approved Type I, II or III PFD for each person on board or being towed on water skis, etc.; and one throwable Type IV device. ( A type V PFD may be used in lieu of any wearable PFD if approved for the activity in which the boat is being used. A TYPE V HYBRID MUST be worn to be legal.)

2). Bell, Whistle: Every vessel less than 65.6 ft. (20 meters) in length must carry an efficient sound producing device.

3). Visual Distress Signals: Must carry approved visual distress signals for both daytime and night-time use. 

4). Fire Extinguisher: One B-I type approved hand portable fire extinguisher. (Not required on outboard motorboats less than 26 ft in length if the construction of the motorboat is such that it does not permit the entrapment of explosive or flammable gases or vapors, and if fuel tanks are not permanently installed.)

5). Ventilation (Boats built on or after 8/1/80): At least two ventilation ducts capable of efficiently ventilating every closed compartment that contains a gasoline engine and/or tank, except those having permanently installed tanks that vent outside of the boat and which contain no unprotected electrical devices. Engine compartments containing a gasoline engine with a cranking motor are additionally required to contain power operated exhaust blowers that can be controlled from the instrument panel.

6). Back-fire Flame Arrestor: One approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline engines installed after April 25, 1940, except outboard motors.

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These next Items are not a Coast Guard Requirement but you should always try to have these on board. I'd rather have something and not need it, than Need it and not have it.

1). Oars: Two oars and a way to keep them in the boat if it tips. When not using the oars, be sure they are properly in the oar locks.

2). Bucket: A bucket or can to bail out any water that gets in the boat.

3). First Aid Kit: A First Aid kit that you have learned how to use.

4). A blanket: If your clothes get wet, you can easily (and very quickly) lose heat from your body, a condition called hypothermia. Removing your wet clothes and wrapping yourself in a blanket will help you stay warm.

5). Two Ropes: Called lines on a boat. You can use them to tie up the boat and also to help a person overboard get back to and in the boat.

6). Garbage Bags: for rain ponchos or shelter from the weather. You can "make a tent" over your boat to protect you in a rainstorm.

7). Plastic bag: to keep these items dry and secure. An orange plastic bag is especially good because it can also be used to signal for help.  

(Wikipedia (2016) Dinghy. Retrieved from https://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinghy)

 


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  • Jason M.

    Thank you for this! Very helpful.

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