Summary of the Principal Provisions of the Marine Board (Safety Reg. 1993)

Safety Regulations & Vessel Definitions

Motor Boat: Every craft plying the waters of Bermuda propelled by internal combustion engine or electric motor

Sail Boat: A sail boat is any boat using sails as its primary method of propulsion

Personal Water Craft: Small, agile boats powered by inboard water jet pump mechanisms.

Summary of the Principal Provisions of the Marine Board (Safety)
Regulations 1993

The regulations specify the minimum safety equipment that must be carried on any boat except:

a) when at its normal mooring with no persons onboard

b) which is solely propelled by oars or paddles while in inshore waters and does not exceed 10 feet.

Definition of Inshore Waters

All enclosed waters south of a line between Commissioner’s Point and Cobbler’s Cut (Spanish Point), Mangrove Bay, Ely’s Harbour & the Scaur, Harrington Sound, Flatt’s Inlet, Castle Harbour, Ferry Reach, St. George’s Harbour, Coot Pond, Burchall’s Cove, Devonshire Bay, Hungry Bay

  Required safety equipment:

Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski):

INSHORE

1 life jacket for each person
1 Fire Extinguisher
1 sound producing device
1 flashlight

OFFSHORE

30-foot line/tow rope
1 approved combined daylight smoke/night flare

Boats 20 feet or less:

INSHORE

1 life jacket for each person
2 oars/paddles
1 bailer/manual bilge pump
1 anchor, 3 feet chain, 100 feet rope
1 horn
1 flashlight

OFFSHORE

3 red flares
3 red rockets
3 orange smokes
1 dye marker
1 mirror
1 fire extinguisher

Boats 20 feet to 40 feet:

INSHORE

1 life jacket for each person
2 oars/paddles
1 bailer/manual bilge pump
1 anchor, 3 feet chain, 200 feet rope
1 horn
1 flash light
1 life buoy + 50 feet rope

OFFSHORE

3 red flares
3 red rockets
3 orange smokes
1 dye marker
1 mirror
1 fire extinguisher

Equipment required aboard boats over 40 feet – must fit required equipment in the above table plus the following:

1 additional bailer (2 total)
1 manual bilge pump
1 additional lifebuoy and line (2 total)
1 additional fire extinguisher (2 total)

VHF Radio Equipment is required by all vessels proceeding to seaward of:

Narrows Channel
South Channel
Western (Hogfish) Small Boat Channel
The Outer Reef between Pompano Beacon and Spit Buoy