Chart Of US Federal Regulations

For Canada,

For other imported boats Look here:

For Europe go to
Ike's List
or the Recreational Craft Directive.

For U. S. builders Start Here.

1. Read The Business of Boatbuilding  and  Legal Stuff

2.  USCG Certified?  How do I get my boats certified?

3. View the USCG video, So You Want To Be A Boatbuilder?  at the right.  You can also download it.  It is an .swf file and runs in Adobe Flash Player This file is virus free however, you should run a virus scan when you download files. It is  available in  mov format. This may be copied and distributed free, but not be sold.



So You Want To be A Boatbuilder?
Courtesy the US Coast Guard

See  the US Coast Guard's Safety Afloat Website

More Boat Building Videos

Link to the current
US COAST GUARD BOATING SAFETY CIRCULAR(current information for boat manufacturers)

4. Go to the Coast Guard website at Safety Afloat and take the MIC certification course. It's free. On completion you will be allowed to apply for a Manufacturer's Identification Code. Or you can call the U S Coast Guard at 202-372-1052.

Or E-Mail the US Coast Guard at  This e-mail address is for MIC applications only.

5. Look at the Boat Builders Tool Kit and the Boatbuilder's Handbook on the Safety Afloat Website

For any other issue related to recreational boat manufacturer compliance with U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements email

For general inquiries call 202-372-1077

Or write to:

U.S. Coast Guard
Chief, Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch (CG-BSX-23)
Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20593-7501

Look at the top row of the chart below for the type of boat you are building. Move down to see which regulations apply. Click on Yes to read about the regulation. Click on the pontoon boat, sailboat, inflatable, or canoe for information on this type of boat,.

  Manually Propelled Out board Power Stern drives In boards Multi hulls Sail boats Canoes kayaks Inflatable
Boat Type
Manually propelled Outboards Sterndrive Inboard Pontoon Boat Sailboat Canoes Kayaks Inflatables RHIBs
HINs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Labels Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes If Gas IB Yes If Gas IB No Yes
Safe HP No 2HP or less Yes No No No No No No
Safe Load Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Flota-tion Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Fuel System No No Yes Yes Yes If Gas IB Yes If Gas IB No Yes If Gas IB
Elect System No No Yes Yes Yes If Gas IB Yes If Gas IB No Yes if Gas IB
Vent-ilation No Yes Yes Yes Yes if Gas IB Yes If Gas IB No Yes If Gas IB
Recalls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nav Lts No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Regulations Not In the Chart Above:

Imported Boats: See the HIN page

Start-In-Gear Protection: outboard motors with greater than 115 lb. of thrust. (Over 2 HP = 1.5 KW)

Engine Cut Off Switch/Kill Switch, Less Than 26 Ft, Propulsion Machinery capable of more than 115 lb thrust (approx 3 HP) includes outboards, inboards, sterndrives and jet boats.

EPA - Evaporative Emissions for boat fuel systems

EPA - Exhaust Emissions for Boats.

Boats marked "For Commercial Use Only"

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