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Boatbuilder's Handbook

The posted information is for manufacturers of recreational boats who must comply with the applicable regulations. Depending upon boat type, engine, length, usage, etc., a regulation (and corresponding guide) may, or may not, be applicable.

While we encourage recreational boat owners to use the information for their benefit, compliance with the regulations is the responsibility of the boat manufacturers.

Potential manufacturers, or importers, of recreational boats must contact the USCG, Boating Safety Division, Recreational Boating Product Assurance Division. Email requests may be sent to the request must indicate the manufacturer's name and U.S. address along with the general types and lengths of boats that will be manufactured.

Part 1 - Regulations and Other Information

Part 2 - Safety Circulars #64, an excerpt from #83, and #81 page 6

Part 3 - Consumer Fact Sheets

Compliance Guidelines:

Subpart I - Electrical Systems

Subpart J - Fuel Systems

Subpart K - Ventilation

Subpart C - Safe Loading & Subpart B - Display of Capacity Information

Subpart F, Subpart G & Subpart H - Flotation Requirements


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It is the responsibility of the Boat Manufacturer to ensure that the applicable Federal Regulations have not been updated since the reference date.


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