2018 New York State Boater's Guide - 62
State law specifically regulates the operation of
personal watercraft (PWC), and while most sections
of the navigation law also apply to all PWC, the following are specific regulations regarding their operation:
Life Jackets-must be worn by each person on or towed behind (strength tested models recommended). Fully inflatable
life jackets are not approved for water sports.
Engine Cutoff - if so equipped must be functional and attached to the rider
Horn, Whistle - capable of a two second blast, audible 1/2
Visual Distress Signals (VDS) - a fluorescent orange flag
(1 foot sq) or other appropriate US Coast Guard approved
day distress signaling device
Backfire Flame Arrestor - manufacturer installed, do not
remove, prevents explosion/fire
Ventilators - manufacturer installed, do not remove, removes potentially explosive explosive vapors from engine/
Hours of Operation - between sunrise and sunset. The
installation of an after market light kit will not allow you to
legally operate a PWC at night.
NOTE: Although an anchor and fire extinguisher are not required under state law, you must carry a fire extinguisher when
operating in federal waters.