The United States Coast Guard provides regulations for the minimum safety standards required for recreational boats and onboard equipment. Since 1984, the regulations for boaters with vessels less than 20 feet in length have remained virtually unchanged, but in June of 2018, a major update was announced. In it the Coast Guard reaffirmed that not only is boat flotation foam needed, but more foam was required.
Why is More Flotation Foam Needed?
As part of the safety regulations, in 1984, the Coast Guard created a table that looked at the weight of engines and made recommendations for marine flotation foam. As time has progressed, engines have changed, increasing in size and becoming heavier. More foam is required to remain at the same standard as previous years.
How Much More Flotation Foam is Needed?
Based on the updated table (1), manufacturers must add an additional 1 to 2 cubic feet of flotation. This will add an estimated cost of $10-$50 (2).
Are Older Boats Grandfathered In?
Yes, boats that were manufactured prior to June 1, 2018 will not be required to add foam, but it is strongly recommended that boaters review the new engine weight table and add the appropriate flotation foam to their boat. More than for safety, marine foam ensures a smooth ride.
Empire Foam Can Get Help You Become Compliant
Our world class marine grade flotation foam meets and exceeds the standard of safety required for recreational boating. As a foam manufacturer, we work with local installers all over the country to provide quick repair and installation.
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1: Code of Federal Regulations:
2: Federal Register: