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Congress Passes New Engine Cutoff Switch Requirement
December 10, 2018

Boats under 26 feet will have to include engine cutoff switches, thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Authorization just passed by Congress. The Frank Lobiondo Coast Guard Authorization of Act of 2018, among other things, has a provision requiring “manufacturers, distributors and dealers” to install engine cutoff switches on new boats “less than 26 feet overall in length and capable of developing 115 pounds or more of static thrust.” The engine cutoff switch provision “includes, but is not limited to, inboard engines, outboard motors and sterndrive engines.” Switches also need to meet American Boat and Yacht Council Standards.


Read more in Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

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