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(a) Life preservers. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any boat which is not equipped with at least one United States Coast Guard approved life preserver, ring buoy, or buoyant cushion for each person on board, so placed as to be readily accessible, and of appropriate size for each passenger. No inflatable life preserver shall be deemed to comply with the provisions of this subsection.
No person shall use a recreational boat less than sixteen (16’) feet in length or a canoe or kayak unless at least one personal flotation device of the following types is on board for each person:
(1) Type I;
(2) Type II;
(3) Type III; and
(4) Type IV.
No person shall use a recreational boat sixteen (16’) feet or more in length, except a canoe or kayak, unless at least one personal flotation device of the following types is on board for each person:
(1) Type I;
(2) Type II; and
(3) Type III.
No person shall use a recreational boat sixteen (16’) feet or more in length, except a canoe or kayak, unless at least one Type IV personal flotation device is on board in addition to the personal flotation devices otherwise required.
(b) Lights, whistles, bells, flame arrestors, and ventilators. The following equipment shall be required on boats, and it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any boat between one-half (1/2) hour after sunset and one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise, or moor any boat except in a designated mooring area, unless such boat is equipped with, and is showing prominently, the lights required by the United States Coast Guard as set forth in the following chart:
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR BOATS
0 to Less Than 16 Feet
16 to Less Than 26 Feet
26 to Less Than 40 Feet
40 to Not More Than 65 Feet
1 in fore part of boat, showing red to port And green to starboard from right ahead to 2 points abaft the beam, visible at least 1 mile
Port Side Light
1 on port side, properly screened to show red from right ahead to 2 points abaft the beam, visible at least 1 mile
Starboard Side Light
1 on starboard side, properly screened to show green from right ahead to 2 points abaft the beam, visible at least 1 mile
1 bright white light aft showing all around the horizon, visible at least 2 miles
1 bright white light in fore part of boat, showing from right ahead to 2 points abaft the beam on both sides, visible at least 2 miles
1 hand or 1 power-Operated, audible at least 1 mile
*Commercial fishing motorboats may carry any such specified devices.
1 which produces, when struck, a clear, bell-like tone of full round characteristics
1, approved, on each carburetor of all gasoline engines installed after April 25, 1940
At least 2 ventilators with cowls or equivalent, capable of removing gases from The bilges in the engine and fuel tank compartment of boats constructed or decked after April 25, 1940, using gasoline or other fuel of a flash point less than 110 degrees Fahrenheit
(c) Motorboats: Fire extinguishers. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motorboat which is not equipped with a portable fire extinguisher of a type approved by the United States Coast Guard, which fire extinguisher shall be in an easily accessible place in such boat; provided, however, no such fire extinguisher shall be required for a motorboat, the motor of which is portable and detachable from the boat, commonly known as an outboard motor, and such boat has no covered deck.
(d) Motorboats: Ventilators. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motorboat which uses gasoline or other fuel having a flash point of less than 110 degrees Fahrenheit unless such motorboat is equipped with at least two (2) ventilators fitted with cowls or their equivalent which will properly and efficiently remove any inflammable or explosive gas from the bilges of every engine and fuel tank compartment; provided, however, ventilation shall not be required in any motorboat which has the greater portion of the bilges of every engine and fuel tank compartment open to the natural atmosphere. All ventilation equipment shall be as prescribed in the chart set forth in subsection (b)of this section.
(e) Motorboats: Carburetors. Every gasoline engine installed in a motorboat, except outboard motorboats, shall be equipped with one of the following:
(1) An approved backfire flame arrestor, suitably secured to the air intake with a flame-tight connection;
(2) An approved engine air and fuel induction system; or
(3) Any attachment to the carburetor or location of the engine air induction system by means of which flames caused by engine backfire will be dispersed to the atmosphere outside the vessel in such a manner that the flames will not endanger the vessel, persons on board, or nearby vessels and structures. All attachments shall be of metallic construction with flame-tight connections and shall be firmly secured to withstand vibration, shock, and engine backfire. (§§ 3, 4, 5, 22, and 23, Ord. 360, as amended by §§ 2, 3, 4, and 5, Ord. 750, eff. March 10, 1976)