It may be understood that when boats approach one another paddle and row boats are “more privileged” than power boats, as noted in the previous Captain’s Log. But, that does not mean they may flaunt their privilege and ignore all rules. There are rules and requirements regarding safety equipment for their vessels, and they must comply.
They must carry appropriately sized personal flotation devices (PFD), life jackets. USCG types II and III are acceptable.
They must carry some device for making emergency sound signals. A whistle is sufficient.
At times of reduced visibility they must have at least a working flashlight on board. Or, they may (but are not required to) follow the lighting scheme for sailboats, red and green sidelights and a stern light.