^ A U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket must be carried for each person on board. If stored, these PFDs must be readily available (easy to get to), and you must show passengers the location of PFDs and other safety equipment. A Type V PFD, which is a special-use flotation device, must be approved for the activity it's being used for, and must be worn at all times.
^ Children under 12 years old must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a moving boat that's 26 feet long or less.
^ Everyone on a personal watercraft and anyone being towed behind a vessel must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket. (For exceptions, see Water Skiing.)
^ Anyone using an underwater maneuvering device is exempt from wearing a life jacket. An underwater maneuvering device is any towed or self-powered device designed for underwater use that a person can pilot through diving, turning and surfacing moves.
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.