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The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) codifies the general and permanent rules of Executive departments and agencies which have been published in the Federal Register. The Federal Register consists of two publications, the annually revised Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the daily Federal Register (FR).

The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters; each chapter is further subdivided into Subchapters; and then again into Parts covering specific regulatory areas.

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The pertinent parts of the Code of Federal Regulations to Recreational Boating Safety are:

Coast Guard - Primary Duties14 USC 102
Recreational Vessels 46 USC 43
Penalties for Negligent Operation & Interfering with Safe Operation 46 USC 2302
Numbering undocumented vessels 46 USC 123
Recreational Boating Safety 46 USC 131
Yacht Privileges and obligations 19 CFR 4.94
Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or a dangerous drug 33 CFR 95
Regulated Navigation areas 33 CFR 165
Protection of Naval Vessells (Security zones) 33 CFR 165.2010
Vessel Numbering and Casualty and Accident Reporting 33 CFR 173
State Numbering and Casualty Reporting Systems 33 CFR 174
Carriage and use of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) 33 CFR 175.15
Carriage and use of visual distress signals (VDS) 33 CFR 175.101
Correction of especially hazardous conditions 33 CFR 177
Manufacturer certification 33 CFR 181.5-19
Identification of boats 33 CFR 181.21
Boats and Associated Equipment 33 CFR 183
Display of capacity information 33 CFR 183.21-27
Safe loading 33 CFR 183.31-43
Safe powering 33 CFR 183.51-53
Flotation Requirements for Boats 33 CFR 183.101-335
Electrical systems 33 CFR 183.401-460
Fuel systems 33 CFR 183.501-590
Ventilation 33 CFR 183.601-630
Start-in-gear protection 33 CFR 183.701-715
Navigation lights 33 CFR 183.801-810
Vessel identification system 33 CFR 187
Reporting undocumented vessel accidents and casualties 46 CFR 4.05
Carriage of fire extinguishing equipment 46 CFR 25
Backfire flame control 46 CFR 25.35