Montana and federal laws require that basic safety items be on board all boats.
What you need to know … before you go!
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All motorboats must carry on board a U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher as listed below:
A fire extinguisher is classified by the type of fire it is meant to extinguish and its size. Extinguishers approved for motorboats are hand-portable of either B-1 or B-II classification.
|Carbon Dioxide |
|Dry Chemical |
|B-I||1 1/4||4||2||2 1/2|
Every inboard gasoline engine must be equipped with a backfire flame arrester that is securely attached to the carburetor and in proper working order.
All boats of closed construction (the engine or fuel compartments are not open to the atmosphere) and which use gasoline as fuel must be equipped with a ventilation system to remove explosive vapors from the bilges of engine and fuel tank compartments. The explosive vapors are heavier than air and accumulate in the bottom of the boat without proper venting, creating an extremely hazardous condition.
Montana requires at least two ventilation intake ducts fitted with cowls or their equivalent to vent bilges and fuel tank compartments. At least one intake duct must be installed so that it extends to the point at least midway to the bilge, or at least below the level of the carburetor air intake. At least one exhaust duct must be installed so as to extend to the lower portion of the bilge. The duct should not be located so that a normal accumulation of bilge water would obstruct it.
Remember to adequately ventilate your boat before starting it by running your blower for at least 4 minutes - especially after fueling.
|One Long Blast:||warning signal (coming out of a slip)|
|One Short Blast:||I will pass you on my port (left) side|
|Two Short Blasts:||I will pass you on any starboard (right) side|
|Three Short Blasts:||I am in reverse|
|Five or More Blasts:||danger signal|
Between sunset and sunrise and at other times of restricted visibility, vessels in operation must display navigational lights. All white lights required by the rules must be visible from a distance of at least two miles. All colored lights must be visible for a distance of at least one mile.
Navigation lights include:
Manually propelled (non-motorized) boats may exhibit navigation lights or instead carry a white light which can be exhibited in time to prevent a collision.
Boats at anchor outside of a designated mooring area must display an all-around white anchor light between sunset and sunrise.