What safety equipment is required on a boat in Florida?

Safety first should always be your mantra out on the water, as it is at trusted boat communities like Jax Boat Club in Jacksonville. Before heading out onto the water, you’ll want to be sure that you’re not only compliant with local laws on safety equipment, but truly prepared to handle the unexpected that can always be possible out on the water.  

As with many questions on boating and life in general, the answer is usually: it depends. The specifics of what equipment you need will be driven in part by the type of boat you’re bringing out onto the water. You can always be sure to check with the comprehensive regulations outlined on the website of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The good news about partnering with a trusted boat community like the Jax Boat Club is that our team will worry about the requirements of the safety equipment for you. Rather than wasting your valuable time ensuring that you are in compliance with the law, you can rest assured that our team of professional experts have done their due diligence in preparing your boat to be legally on the water.

As a general rule of thumb, larger boats will require features like boat lighting equipment, a working ventilation system, visual distress signals in some cases, and much more. A boat club underscores one more argument against owning and maintaining your own boat: making sure that you are complying with state policies. Leave these headaches to the pros and join a boat club – you’ll be rewarded with piece of mind and a faster journey out onto the water.

To learn more about all things boating in Jacksonville and northern Florida, visit the community of water lovers and boaters at the Jax Boat Club.