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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)

The fastest growing area of Recreational Boating.


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What’s an SUB?

  • Canoe

  • Kayak

  • Rowboat

  • Pedal boat

  • A Vessel NOT engine powered


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CANOE


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KAYAK


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ROWBOAT


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PEDAL BOAT


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VSCs For SUB


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VSCs For SUBTo award a VSC decal to a non-motorized (SUB) boat:

REQUIRED ITEMS


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NUMBERING

  • Most states do not require registration numbers on non-motorized boats.

  • Use 3" block letters of contrasting colors.

  • Check your State Requirements. 


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REGISTRATION

  • These documents, if required by your State, must be easily available for examination.


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LIFE-JACKET

  • Each person must have an approved type I, II, III, or V PFD. 

  • The PFD should be worn whenever under way.


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SOUND PRODUCING DEVICES

  • All vessels must have a means of signaling.

  • SUB can meet this requirement with a marine distress whistle. 


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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. 


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VISUAL DISTRESS SIGNALS


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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.


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NAVIGATION RULES

  • Boats 39.4 feet and over must have on board a current copy of the Navigation Rules.


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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. 


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OVERALL VESSELCONDITION

  • The boat must be well maintained

    and suitable for its area of use.


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ADDITIONAL ITEMS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL SPORT UTILITY BOATS


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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


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USE A SPRAY SKIRT

  • Learn how to properly attach the spray skirt and how to remove it in an emergency


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CHECK THE WEATHER

  • Monitor weather conditions. 

  • Bring a weather radio or use a VHF radio with a weather channel. 

  • Check sky and sea conditions.


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FIRST AID KIT

  • Pack a waterproof First Aid kit.

  • Take basic first aid and CPR training.


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HAT OR HELMET

  • Wear a Hat. 

  • Wear a Helmet for rapids and rough seas.

  • Use Sunscreen.


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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.


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WATER, SNACKS, AND CLOTHING


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DRY-BAGS

  • Store all loose items in waterproof bags tethered to the boat. 


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BILGE PUMP

  • Carry a small PVC type bilge pump.

  • Use a floatation collar. 


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RESCUE GEAR

  • Bring throw bags, tow lines and other rescue gear.


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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


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VHF RADIO, GPS, COMPASS

  • Bring a VHF Radio, GPS, and Cell Phone.

  • Bring a hand held compass as a back up.


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CHARTS

  • Carry a chart.

  • Local knowledge of your route is key.

  • Learn basic coastal navigation.


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PRACTICE

  • Practice wet exits from a kayak or canoe in safe, calm, shallow water. 


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OTHER ITEMS


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BOATING SAFETY COURSE

  • All boaters should be take a Boating Safety Course.


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SMART START FOR PADDLERS


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CLEAN UP

  • Pack a trash bag.

  • Take all refuse away with you.

  • Leave every stop cleaner than when you found it.


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BUDDY SYSTEM

  • Bring a friend.

  • It is always safer to paddle in a group.


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