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.....I am taking out my boat for the first time tomorrow. Supposed to be nice out, hoping to get into some fish! Anyway, I have all my title and registration info but i wanted to check with you guys to see what is needed in terms of 'safety' requirements?

I know i need a PFD for anyone with me, and me. Horn, Fire extinguisher, lights, etc. I'm wondering what else i need to keep on the boat, but hopefully never have to use, in case i get stopped and checked.

any help would be great, i checked the DNR site but couldnt find any listing.

thanks guys!
 

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I'm sure with a little internet research you could look up the US Coast Guard and find a listing of what you need.
 

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IF I remember correctly you need a PFD for everyone on board, a fire extinguisher, a throw able flotation device (seat cushion) and a whistle. That is what I need on my 20' boat.
 

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Depending on where you are fishing there are also other things to consider. If you plan on taking your boat on the big pond, I would suggest a marine radio and flares. Also a good idea to have an extra set of plugs, prop (TM and outboard), and a spare set of keys. Strange things happen on the water and it stinks to have a trip ruined when small preperations could have been made in advance to prevent them.
 

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