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That's why every one of our rental boats is equipped with the safety equipment to keep you and your family safe. The United States Coast Guard requires all recreational boats operating on the intracoastal waterway in North Carolina to be equipped with the below safety gear.

We want you to have a fun day on the water, so we've made these safety resources available to you:

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Personal Flotation Devices - Safety on Entropy Boat Rentals
Fire Extinguisher on Entropy Boat Rentals
Entropy Boat Rentals Safety Compass
Maritime Safety GPS Equipped on every Entropy Boat Rental
Maritime VHF Radio Equipped on every Entropy Boat Rental
Maritime Safety Whistle
Personal Flotation Devices - Life Jackets on Entropy Boat Rentals

USCG Required Safety Equipment Onboard All of our Rental Boats

Vessels 16' to Less than 26'(8m)

  • Personal Flotation Devices: One Type I, II, III or V per person plus one Type IV throwable. PFDs must be Coast Guard approved, wearable by the intended user and readily accessible. (See "The Newtons are coming" below.)

  • Fire Extinguishers: One B-I, any type. Fire extinguishers required on boats with enclosed engine compartments (not outboards), enclosed living spaces or permanent fuel tanks.

  • Visual Distress Signals: Minimum of three-day use and three-night use or three day/night combination pyrotechnic devices. Non-pyrotechnic substitutes: one orange distress flag (day-use) and one electric SOS signal light (night-use). Pyrotechnic signals must be have a manufacture date within 42 months of the current date.

  • Sound Producing Devices: Horn or whistle recommended to signal intentions or signal position.

  • Marine Sanitation Devices: Vessels with installed toilet facilities must have an operable, Coast Guard-certified Type I, II or III Marine Sanitation Device (MSD). Subject to local laws.

  • Pollution Regulation Placards: No placards required.

  • Backfire Flame Arrestor: One Coast Guard-approved device on each carburetor of all gasoline-powered engines built after August 1980, except outboard motors.

  • Ventilation: Coast Guard-standard system required on gasoline-powered vessels with enclosed engine compartments built after August 1980.

Wrightsville Beach NC ICW Aids to Navigation Infographic

USCG Aids To Navigation Found On The Intracoastal Waterway

Information and Regulatory Markers

These orange-and-white Aids are used to alert vessel operators to various warnings and regulations.


  • White with an orange horizontal band at both top and bottom .

  • Black text within or around an orange square, circle, or diamond; or black text outside a diamond with an orange cross .

  • May be buoys or beacons .

  • If lit, the light will be white and may have any light rhythm except quick flashing, flashing (2), or Morse code “A .”

USCG Aids To Navigation Found On The Intracoastal Waterway:

Lateral Aids

Lateral Aids marking the sides of channels, as see when entering from seaward.

Lateral Aids Characteristics

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  • Beacons may have green odd numbers.

  • Buoys may have white odd numbers.

  • If lit, the light will be green and is likely to flash in one of several patterns.

  • Beacons may have red even numbers.

  • Buoys may have white even numbers.

  • If lit, the light will be green and is likely to flash in one of several patterns.

DO NOT tie up your boat to Aids to Navigation: it is dangerous and illegal.

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