Title 33 NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
PART 183 BOATS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
Subpart L—Start-in-Gear Protection
79-137, 46 FR 3515, Jan. 15, 1981, unless otherwise noted.
This subpart applies to outboard motors and starting controls, and to
manufacturers, distributors or dealers installing such equipment.
[USCG-1999-5832, 64 FR 34716, June 29, 1999]
For the purposes of this subpart:
(a) Outboard motor means a
self-contained propulsion system of any horsepower rating designed to be
installed on, and removable from the transom of a boat.
(b) Static thrust means the
forward or backward thrust developed by an outboard motor and associated
propulsion unit while stationary.
(c) Starting control means the
motor throttle, shift and starting control mechanisms located at a position
remote from the outboard motor.
(d) Local starting means operating
a mechanical or electrical starting device built into the outboard motor.
(e) Distributor means any person
engaged in the sale and distribution of boats or associated equipment for
the purpose of resale.
(f) Dealer means any person who is
engaged in the sale and distribution of boats or associated equipment to
purchasers who the seller in good faith believes to be purchasing any such
boat or associated equipment for purposes other than resale.
§183.710 Start-in-gear protection required.
(a) Any outboard motor which is capable of developing a static thrust of
115 pounds or more at any motor operating speed with any propeller or jet
attachment recommended for or shipped with the motor by the manufacturer,
must be equipped with a device to prevent the motor being started when
controls are set so as to attain that thrust level, as follows:
(1) Outboard motors designed for local starting must have a built-in
start-in-gear protection device.
(2) Outboard motors designed for remote starting must have either a
built-in start-in-gear protection device or be installed with remote
starting controls containing this device. An outboard motor designed for
remote starting that does not have a built-in start-in-gear protection
device must, at the time of sale, have a tag or label attached at the
location of the control connection, containing the following information:
“Starting controls installed with this motor must comply with USCG
requirements for start-in-gear protection in 33 CFR Part 183, Subpart L.”
The letters and numbers on the tag or label must be at least
(b) Starting controls must have a tag or label with the following
information to indicate whether or not they have been equipped with a
start-in-gear protection device: “This control will (or will not) provide
start-in-gear protection meeting USCG requirements of 33 CFR Part 183,
Subpart L.” The letters and numbers on the tag or label must be at least
(c) Any manufacturer, distributor or dealer installing an outboard motor
displaying the label described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section must
properly match it with a compatible starting control that contains a
start-in-gear protection device.
Outboard motors designed to be equipped for remote starting, but which
also have a provision for local starting in emergencies, need not comply
with §183.710 for their local starting system. However, the following
information must be displayed on the motor: “Warning—Ensure shift control is
in neutral before starting motor”. This information must be clearly visible
to a person using the emergency starting device.