U.S. Coast Guard Issues Policy Changes to E-Foil and Jetboard Regulations

Posted on Nov 1, 2022 in Announcements, Ocean Recreation Activities

Effective October 5, 2022, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new policy letter for requirements regarding e-foils and jetboards.   Notable information from the policy letter concerns equipment that persons are required to have when operating an e-foil/jetboard:

  • Carry the Certificate of Number (aka vessel registration) for the e-foil/jetboard onboard when underway;
  • Carry and/or wear a personal flotation device (PFD; aka life jacket) in accordance with state and federal regulations;
  • Carry a fire extinguisher, unless all persons operating the e-foil/jetboard are wearing USCG-approved PFDs;
  • Carry a sound producing device; and
  • Comply with state and federal vessel lighting requirements (33 CFR 83 Inland Navigation Rules), which includes proper lighting if operated during periods of reduced visibility or between sunset and sunrise.

Additionally, all manufacturers of e-foils and jetboards must comply with engine cut-off switch (ECOS) requirements or receive an exemption from the U.S. Coast Guard.  If an e-foil/jetboard is equipped with an ECOS, the operator must also comply with state and federal requirements concerning an ECOS.

The full policy document is available here.