Boating Safety Requirements and Float Plans

This page has links to Federal, Washington State, and Seattle boating requirements, as well as a link to a Float Plan form from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Federal and State Requirements, Float Plan


Federal safety equipment requirements for vessels:

 Don't get caught without the right gear. These are Federal minimum requirements - state and local laws and common sense may dictate carrying additional equipment. 

Federal requirements

Federally Required Equipment

Guide to Federally required minimum requirements, by size of boat. Contains basic info from above, but a bit easier to find requirements. Again, state and local laws and common sense may dictate carrying additional equipment.

Fed Requirements summary

Washington State Boating Rules and Regulations

To  ensure your and others' safety on the water, get to know the state regulations for operating your boat 

WA State Regulations

Seattle Water & Boating Regulations & Information

From the Seattle Harbor Patrol. Includes local speed regulations.

Seattle regulations

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Float Plan form

PDF form you can fill out before you go boating, and leave with a trusted friend or family member. Do NOT file with the Coast Guard. 

Float Plan form

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Safety Checklist form

Completed by a U.S. Coast Guard approved Vessel Examiner, also a useful reference.

Safety checklist UsCG aux