33 CFR 175.15 - Personal flotation devices required.

§ 175.15 Personal flotation devices required.

Except as provided in §§ 175.17 and 175.25:

(a) No person may use a recreational vessel unless -

(1) At least one wearable PFD is on board for each person;

(2) Each PFD is used in accordance with any requirements on the approval label; and

(3) Each PFD is used in accordance with any requirements in its owner's manual, if the approval label makes reference to such a manual.

(b) No person may use a recreational vessel 16 feet or more in length unless one throwable PFD is onboard in addition to the total number of wearable PFDs required in paragraph (a) of this section.

(c) No person may operate a recreational vessel under way with any child under 13 years old aboard unless each such child is either -

(1) Wearing an appropriate PFD approved by the

Coast Guard
; or

(2) Below decks or in an enclosed cabin.

[CGD 81-023, 55 FR 32034, Aug. 6, 1990, as amended by CGD 92-045, 58 FR 41608, Aug. 4, 1993; USCG-2000-8589, 67 FR 42493, June 24, 2002; USCG-2013-0263, 79 FR 56499, Sept. 22, 2014]

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 46 - SHIPPING
Statutes at Large

Title 33 published on 08-Nov-2018 03:51

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 33 CFR Part 175 after this date.

  • 2014-09-30; vol. 79 # 189 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    1. 79 FR 58693 - Personal Flotation Devices Labeling and Standards
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      Final rule; correction.
      This correction is effective September 30, 2014.
      33 CFR Parts 175 and 181