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Sport Utility Boats (SUB). The fastest growing area of Recreational Boating. What’s an SUB?. Canoe Kayak Rowboat Pedal boat A Vessel NOT engine powered. CANOE. KAYAK. ROWBOAT. PEDAL BOAT. VSCs For SUB. VSCs For SUB To award a VSC decal to a non-motorized (SUB) boat:. REQUIRED ITEMS.

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sport utility boats sub

Sport Utility Boats (SUB)

The fastest growing area of Recreational Boating.

what s an sub
What’s an SUB?
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Rowboat
  • Pedal boat
  • A Vessel NOT engine powered
numbering
NUMBERING
  • Most states do not require registration numbers on non-motorized boats.
  • Use 3" block letters of contrasting colors.
  • Check your State Requirements. 
registration
REGISTRATION
  • These documents, if required by your State, must be easily available for examination.
life jacket
LIFE-JACKET
  • Each person must have an approved type I, II, III, or V PFD. 
  • The PFD should be worn whenever under way.
sound producing devices
SOUND PRODUCING DEVICES
  • All vessels must have a means of signaling.
  • SUB can meet this requirement with a marine distress whistle. 
visual distress signals
VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS
  • SUB must comply with Federal and State VDS requirements.
  • If required they must have three flares on board or an equivalent number of alternative USCG approved signals. 
navigation lights
NAVIGATION LIGHTS
  • Navigation Lights are required on all vessels operating at night and during periods of reduced visibility.
  • A flashlight in good working order with spare batteries can be used on SUBs.
navigation rules
NAVIGATION RULES
  • Boats 39.4 feet and over must have on board a current copy of the Navigation Rules.
state and local requirements
STATE AND LOCAL REQUIREMENTS
  • The SUB must comply with all state and local requirements. 
  • Check the boating safety web page for the your State to determine if there are any additional safety requirements. 
overall vessel condition
OVERALL VESSELCONDITION
  • The boat must be well maintained

and suitable for its area of use.

file a float plan
FILE A FLOAT PLAN
  • Information about the operator, the vessel, and transport vehicle.
  • The route of travel, date and time of arrival and departure.
  • Posting a float plan with friends is a great life insurance policy
use a spray skirt
USE A SPRAY SKIRT
  • Learn how to properly attach the spray skirt and how to remove it in an emergency
check the weather
CHECK THE WEATHER
  • Monitor weather conditions. 
  • Bring a weather radio or use a VHF radio with a weather channel. 
  • Check sky and sea conditions.
first aid kit
FIRST AID KIT
  • Pack a waterproof First Aid kit.
  • Take basic first aid and CPR training.
hat or helmet
HAT OR HELMET
  • Wear a Hat. 
  • Wear a Helmet for rapids and rough seas.
  • Use Sunscreen.
water snacks and clothing
WATER, SNACKS, AND CLOTHING
  • Bring drinking water, snacks and clothing.
  • Dress properly for existing and expected weather conditions. 
  • Cold water requires the use of wet or dry suits.
dry bags
DRY-BAGS
  • Store all loose items in waterproof bags tethered to the boat. 
bilge pump
BILGE PUMP
  • Carry a small PVC type bilge pump.
  • Use a floatation collar. 
rescue gear
RESCUE GEAR
  • Bring throw bags, tow lines and other rescue gear.
spare paddle oar
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
vhf radio gps compass
VHF RADIO, GPS, COMPASS
  • Bring a VHF Radio, GPS, and Cell Phone.
  • Bring a hand held compass as a back up.
charts
CHARTS
  • Carry a chart.
  • Local knowledge of your route is key.
  • Learn basic coastal navigation.
practice
PRACTICE
  • Practice wet exits from a kayak or canoe in safe, calm, shallow water. 
boating safety course
BOATING SAFETY COURSE
  • All boaters should be take a Boating Safety Course.
clean up
CLEAN UP
  • Pack a trash bag.
  • Take all refuse away with you.
  • Leave every stop cleaner than when you found it.
buddy system
BUDDY SYSTEM
  • Bring a friend.
  • It is always safer to paddle in a group.
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