1Consult pertinent 33 and 46 CFR subchapters and product labels for specific federal requirements, product descriptions, and special provisions and instructions for usage.
2An exposure suit or commercial Hybrid Type V PFD meeting criteria specified in 46 CFR Part 25 for commercial vessels may be substituted for a required life preserver, buoyant vest, or marine buoyant device.
3Not required but may, if worn, be used to satisfy the requirement for Type I/II/III devices aboard uninspected vessels under 40 feet long.
4Required for ocean, coastwise, and Great Lakes voyages.
5A 406-MHz EPIRB with automatic activating devices is required aboard all uninspected fishing vessels on or after May 17, 1990, when these vessels operate on the high seas (generally considered as outside of 3 nautical miles from shore). Within certian constraints specified by the Federal Communications Commission, older Type A EPIRBs are grandfathered until August 1, 1991. Vessels without galleys or berthing facilities were exempt pending action on a proposed rule allowing a manual in lieu of an automatic device.
6Required for recreational vessels but not for uninspected commercial vessels.
7There is no requirement for portable VHF-FM radios as safety or survival equipment.