Presentation on theme: "Sport & Utility Boats SUBS. The fastest growing area of Recreational Boating, SUB are everywhere on our lakes, rivers, and oceans from coast to coast.."— Presentation transcript:
VSCs For SUB To award a VSC decal to a non-motorized (SUB) boat : Many VSC requirements are the same as for other vessels their size
NUMBERING & REGISTRATION Most states do not require registration numbers on non-motorized boats such as SUBs. Since the display of numbers is not required in many States, know where your hull identification number is located and keep a copy in a safe place. If they are required, carry these documents aboard the SUB in a waterproof container that is tethered to the craft or stored in a dry bag.
LIFE-JACKET Each person must have an approved type I, II, III, or V PFD. Kayak and canoe users need to consider the use of a comfortable fitting PFD that allows for a full range of arm movement, is not bulky and has pockets and D-rings to tether safety equipment. The PFD should be worn whenever under way.
SOUND PRODUCING DEVICES All vessels must have a means of signaling. Sail and paddle or oar powered vessels may meet this requirement by having a marine distress whistle on board.
VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS A signaling mirror designed for marine use should be attached to each PFD along with a small, waterproof, strobe light to facilitate both day and night distress signaling.
VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS The following boats are not required to carry VDS during daytime operation: -- All manually-propelled boats -- Open sailboats less than 26 feet in length without propulsion machinery These vessels are required to carry night signals when operating from sunset to sunrise.
NAVIGATION LIGHTS All vessels are required to display navigation lights at night and during periods of reduced visibility. Sail and paddle or oar powered boats of less than 22 ft. may meet this requirement by having a flashlight in good working order with spare batteries.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS RECOMMENDED, SPECIFIC TO SPORT UTILITY BOATS
USE A SPRAY SKIRT There is nothing more uncomfortable than having the cockpit of a kayak filled with water from a passing boat wake or that wave that got by unnoticed. Learn how to properly attach the spray skirt and how to remove it in an emergency
HAT OR HELMET Wear a hat to provide protection from the sun. Helmets for rapids and rough seas Use sun sunscreen for additional protection.
DRY-BAGS Store small items such as sunscreen, bug repellent, first aid items, food and snacks in a waterproof dry-bag tethered to the boat. When tying down these items make sure they are stowed in an area that will not interfere with users ability to exit the vessel in the event of a capsize situation.
RESCUE GEAR Rescue gear such as throw bags, tow lines or other devices should be carried, particularly when traveling in groups.
SPARE PADDLE/OAR Pack a spare paddle or oar and secure it to the boat. Use a paddle leash attached to a forward fitting or bungee cord to prevent loss of the paddle in rough water.
PRACTICE Practice wet exits from a kayak or canoe in safe, calm, shallow water. This will allow you to gain confidence and capability in the event capsizing occurs on open deeper waters.