To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and over must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well.
The PFD must also have a whistle attached.
Other specific items that each boat must carry are listed in the MRA Sailing Intructions: section 19. "Safety Requirements and Equipment". Racers are urged to be sure that they are in compliance with this document, as it governs how racing is conducted in Marblehead.