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MISSISSIPPI'S BOATING EQUIPMENT
REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST
PERSONAL
WATERCRAFT
(PWC)
BOAT
LESS THAN
16 FT.
BOAT 16 FT.
TO LESS
THAN 26 FT.
Boating Education Certificate
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
Certificate of number on board
  • 1
Validation decals displayed
PFDs: Type I, II, III or V
  • 2
  • 3
  • 3
PFD: Type IV
  • 1
Ignition safety switch
  • 4
Type B-! fire extinguisher
Backfire flame arrestor
  • 5
  • 5
Ventilation system
Muffler
Horn, whistle or bell
Daytime visual distress signals
  • 6
Nightime visual distress signals
7
  • 7
  • 7
Navigation lights
7
  1. Applicable if operator is born after June 30, 1980.
  2. Those on PWCs must wear a Type I, II or III PFD at all times.
  3. Those 12 years old and younger must wear a PFD at all times when underway in a vessel less than 26 feet in length.
  4. When boating on Mississippi marine waters south of the Interstate Highway 10 (I-10).
  5. Required on inboard and stern drives only.
  6. When boating on federally controlled waters.
  7. It is strongly recommended that PWCs are not operated after dark. However, if a PWC is operated at night, it has the same requirements for visual distress signals and navigation lights as a boat less than 16 feet long.