Chart Of US Federal Regulations
For other imported boats Look here:
For Europe go to
Ike's List or the Recreational Craft Directive.
For U. S. builders Start Here.
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
Link to the current
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For general inquiries call 202-372-1077
Or write to:
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|
|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|
|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|
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.
Boats marked "For Commercial Use Only"
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