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Old 04-30-2007
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Actually, several requirements change based on the boat size. They are fire extinguishers, Visual Distress Signals, throwable PFDs, sound signals, oil and garbage disposal placards, and navigation rules.

A boat 42' long needs to have the following equipment aboard:

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A USCG-Approved PFD for each person

A throwable USCG-Approved Type-IV PFD

One orange distress flag and One electric distress light - or -Three hand-held or floating orange smoke signals and One electric distress light - or - Three combination (day/night) red flares: hand-held, meteor or parachute type.

One B-II and One B-I or Three B-I. Note: fixed system equals One B-I or Two B-II

A vessel 39.4 ft (12 meters) or greater, must have a sound signaling appliance capable of producing an efficient sound signaI, audible for 1/2 mile with a 4 to 6 seconds duration. In addition, must carry on board a bell with a clapper (bell size not less than 7.9 inches - based on the diameter of the mouth)

Navigation lights

An Oil Pollution Placard at least 5 by 8 inches in size, made of durable material, that must be posted in the machinery space or at the bilge station.

A Garbage Placard at least 4 by 9 inches, made of durable material, displayed in a conspicuous place notifying all on board the discharge restrictions.

A type I, II or III MSD if a permanent marine head is installed.

The operator of a vessel 39.4 ft (12 meters) or greater must have on board a copy of these rules.
I hope this helps.

You can read the full details here.
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