Just wondering if you need a throw cushion in a 16.5 ft boat? Or just life jackets?
Life jacket & throw cushion?
well then....nihsif posted a link that worked....Yonkers did not, but thought we had it all taken care of before hand and nobody reads back...except..he is from IL. and not sure the rules are the same anyway....doesn't matter because I doubt he will check back on his post at any rate....
Yes, life jackets for all on board as well as a throwable.
”Any boat 16 feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable (Type IV) device.”
See page 9 of this document:
that was sort of a spacey post on my part...no flares....you DO need....life jackets for each person, a throwable, and either a whistle or horn (that works) in the boat, also a fire extinguisher....was checked on the River earlier in the year....horn worked (was shocked) altho I do have a whistle also..
it was the Wisconsin/Iowa portion of the River...checked by an Iowa warden....
You will need an approved throwable cushion because your boat is over 16 feet. Thanks for the link nihsif. Didn't intend to further muddy the waters of the Mississippi. Mr. tool is in sauk, Illinois. Isn't the river a federal waterway? Prop's post might be read as no safety stuff needed (punctuation?), but even a canoe needs life jackets.
You will also need a flare gun with up to date flares and some kind of horn. My wooden boat gets checked all the time on the water. Once I had to re-paint my boat numbers because they said they couldn't see them clearly enough from a distance. I've started to keep the old boat check slips in my bag to expedite being stopped. The old stops are all on their USCG on-board computer.