CHAPTER 259

FORMERLY SENATE BILL NO. 322

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENTS NO. 1 & 2

AND HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND SUBCHAPTER II, CHAPTER 21, TITLE 23 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR BOATS LICENSED BY THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Amend paragraph (e), Section 2118, Chapter 21, Title 23 of the Delaware Code, by striking said paragraph in its entirety, and substituting in lieu thereof a new paragraph (e) which shall read as follows:

(e) Every vessel shall carry at least one life jacket or vest-type preserver, United States Coast Guard approved, for each person on board, so placed as to be readily accessible: provided, that every motorboat carrying passengers for hire shall carry so placed as to be readily accessible, at least one life preserver (jacket) of the sort prescribed by the regulations of the Department for each person on board.

Section 2. Amend paragraph (f), Section 2118, Chapter 21, Title 23 of the Delaware Code, by striking said paragraph in its entirety, and substituting in lieu thereof a new paragraph (f) which shall read as follows:

(f) Every motorboat of Class A and Class 1 shall be provided with at least one B-1 United States Coast Guard approved-type fire extinguisher, capable of promptly and effectively extinguishing burning gasoline. Every motorboat of Classes 2 and 3 shall be equipped as prescribed by the United States Coast Guard. Fire extinguishers shall be at all times kept in condition for immediate and effective use and shall be so placed as to be readily accessible.

Section 3. Amend Section 2118, Subchapter 11, Chapter 21, Title 23 of the Delaware Code, by adding a new paragraph, designated as paragraph (m), which shall read as follows:

(m) All motorboats shall carry at least four pyrotechnic distress signals, of which not less than two shall be daylight smoke signals.

Section 4. The provisions of this Act shall become effective January 1, 1972.

Approved July 10, 1971.