Appendix XIII

Small Boat Safety Standards

1. Definition

A small boat is herein defined as any canoe, "jon" boat or v-hull boat propelled by oars or outboard motors. Normally these boats are less than 20 feet in length and carry a maximum of 4 persons.

2. Small boat operations awareness

a. It is the responsibility of all individuals using, or planning to use, small boats to familiarize themselves with small boat operations methods and safe boating practices.

b. No small boat operations should be conducted at night unless running lights and a white light have been installed.

3. Weather awareness

It is the responsibility of the small boat operator to be certain weather conditions are suitable, and will be suitable, for the planned activities. Operators planning offshore trips must be especially aware of severe wave conditions produced by northerly winds.

4. Required boat equipment

a. The following equipment must be carried in a small boat each time it is used:

(1) 1 life jacket for each person

(2) 2 oars

(3) Drain plug

(4) Anchor and Line

(5) Sufficient fuel to accomplish the mission

(6) Spare gas line

b. The following equipment is recommended:

(1) Air horn

(2) Tool kit

(3) First aid kit

5. Personal safety

a. Persons who cannot swim, or are weak or poor swimmers, must don a life jacket prior to entering, or working in, a small boat.

b. Chest waders and boots present hazards if the wearer falls overboard. Therefore, all boaters wearing waders and/or boots which cannot be easily removed, must wear a life jacket while entering, or working, in a small boat.