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Request for comments: Safe loading, safe powering and flotation compliance guidance for electrically powered recreational vessels policy letter

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the online availability, of a new Coast Guard policy that establishes regulatory compliance guidance for recreational vessels less than 20 feet in length that use batteries to power their primary propulsion. This document provides consistent guidance for the design, inspection, and/or testing of recreational vessels using batteries to power their primary propulsion. The policy can be found at​policies-letters/​.

We encourage you to submit comments (or related material) on the draft guidance document in the docket. We will consider all submissions and may adjust our final action based on your comments. If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation.

Comments must be submitted to the online docket via on or before November 9, 2022.

You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2022-0259 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at

For information about this document call or email Mr. Kevin Ferrie, Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-1075, email

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