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Season is about to start, good time for a gear check

Postby David » Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:37 pm

The season is just about to kick off and it's a good time to make sure you have all your gear ready.

For those of you that use boats, make sure you have enough live vest for everyone. If you have a boat 16' or longer you need a type IV PFD (throw cushion or ring.) It's also a good time to check and make sure you boat and trailer lights are working properly.

Make sure you go ahead and put the plug in your gun. Take any lead shot you have used and get it away from your waterfowl gear so you don't accidently grab any. Get your licenses, stamps and HIP permit. You might also want to try on your hunting gear if you have gained any weight in the off season. Don't want to find out at 3 a.m. that you can't get you pants on.

Feel free to add any other tips you might think of. :thumbsup:
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Postby uxoman » Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:14 pm

Ok, I need some more info. I just moved in town (Huntsville) and didn't know that you need a Type IV floatation. What are other musts to have for a 16' boat in AL. Thanks.
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Postby David » Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:28 pm

The whole thing can be found on AL DCNR's website. Click HERE for the website.

The quick cut and paste for most 16' boats version is:
All boats must carry one Type I, II, III or V U. S. Coast Guard-approved PFD for each person onboard or being towed. If a Type V PFD is used, it must be approved for the activity at hand.

In addition to the above requirements, boats 16 ft. in length or longer must have one Type IV U. S. Coast Guard-approved PFD onboard and readily accessible.

Every person who operates a motorized vessel (including PWC) on the waters of Alabama must first obtain an Alabama Boater Safety Certification. This requirement does not apply to operators of sailboats, rowboats or canoes. (Get this where ever you renew your driver license.)

Vessels 16 feet to 26 feet long are required to carry on board a whistle or horn or some other means to make an efficient sound signal audible for at least one-half mile.

All vessels are required to have a Type B fire extinguisher(s) on board if one or more of the following conditions exist:
* Inboard or inboard/outboard engines
* Closed compartments under seats where portable fuel tanks may be stored
* Permanently installed fuel tanks
* Devices on board that consume petroleum products (e.g., stoves, lanterns).

Nav Lights

Registration Certificate on board


An online boaters safety course also has a bunch of this info. HERE is a link to their website. There are a few typos on this linked page, like the # of type 4 PFDs needed, although it is correct if you follow the type 4 PFD link :help: Let me know if you need any other info.
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