NORTH CAROLINA BOATING CHECKLIST

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Personal Watercrafts (PWCs)
Boats Less Than 16 Feet
Boats 16 Feet to Less Than 26 Feet
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1. Required for PWC operators 14 years of age or older.  No person under 14 years of age may operate a PWC. Persons 14 years of age or older may also operate without a boating education certificate if physically accompanied on the PWC by an adult at least 18 years of age and meets the requirements of G.S. 16.2 .

2. In North Carolina, any person born on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater on public waterways. G.S. 75A-16.2

3. Those on personal watercraft (PWCs) must wear an approved personal flotation device (life jacket) at all times.

4.Children under 13 years of age must wear an approved life jacket while underway. **

5. Safety kill switch lanyard must be attached to operator.

6. Required on inboards and stern drives only.

7. Required only when boating on federally controlled waters.

8. Certain items are not applicable to PWCs because PWCs are not allowed to operate between sunset and sunrise.

9. Safety kill switch and lanyard not required but recommended.

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