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Jon boat safety requirements? #13645829 07/27/20 08:40 AM
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Just bought my first Jon Boat!

Used to have a bass boat but wanted something smaller and more rugged.

What are the safety requirements specific to jon boats?

Here is what I have so far:

-Life Vests for everyone on board
-Fire Extinguisher if you have a gas tank
-Whistle or horn

Is an oar required?
Throw-able flotation device?

Anything I'm missing?


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Re: Jon boat safety requirements? [Re: Gourdbuster] #13646133 07/27/20 03:02 PM
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Lights, if you're out in the dark. Red/Green bow and 360 Aft White, minimum. Read your TPWD Annual Booklet. It's all there. IslandJim


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Re: Jon boat safety requirements? [Re: Gourdbuster] #13646334 07/27/20 05:25 PM
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Throwable is required




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Re: Jon boat safety requirements? [Re: Gourdbuster] #13647465 07/28/20 02:03 PM
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Right after wearing a PFD, an oar is the most valuable item you can have on any boat.


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Good thread on boat items/tool essentials
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Re: Jon boat safety requirements? [Re: Gourdbuster] #13649843 07/30/20 03:24 AM
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Not required by law, but very important. Dual bilge pump. Why dual? Because when you really need to use a bilge pump, you'll want to get rid of water fast and redundancy is good. Get the type that can run dry just in case you accidentally run them dry.

BTW what type of water are you planning to fish?

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I don’t think the fire extinguisher is needed unless your gas tank is in a covered compartment. That’s what my local park police guy who inspected me said anyway.

Whistle or horn
Life jackets but if you want to count an inflatable you have to wear it.
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Re: Jon boat safety requirements? [Re: Gourdbuster] #13666121 08/13/20 02:34 AM
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Alumacraft14: The most effective bilge pump? A scared man in shin-deep water with a bucket! I once saved my 38-foot motor yacht from sinking with a bucket. One bucket into the galley sink, one bucket into the head sink. For five hours! Says the man who had no insurance coverage on his boat. ...IslandJim...


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Re: Jon boat safety requirements? [Re: Gourdbuster] #13671099 08/17/20 04:52 PM
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An oar might be required by law but you will be up a creek without... woot

When we bought our Ranger RT188 mu wife asked where the paddle was?

I told her we didn't need one because there is no way you could paddle a boat that big very far anyway. thumb

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