"An inner tube is not a vessel and any such devices are specifically excluded from PFD regulations. We have already cited the relevant laws and regulations, so go ahead and test your interpretation. I'll loan you my kayak, so you can paddle up…"
"I'll never understand why people who would not dare take off in an airplane without learning how to safely fly will take off in a boat without learning how to safely run a boat, especially when flight lessons cost thousands of dollars, while…"
""As required by the Department" is the legal basis for enforcement. Ross is guilty of not carrying a PFD "as required by the Department." Regulations can have the force of law, and need not be included as part of the statute. The…"
"A kayak is a vessel by definition. ALL vessels, recreational or commercial, when underweigh must have on board a PFD for each person. Period. There is no nuance in either the federal or state law on this point. And if you interpret the law as…"
"XFLD, A kayak is a "vessel" by definition.
33CFR.175.15 contains the Federal statute. It is clear and unambiguous, and you can't re-define it to suit your version of events.
Page 28, Handbook of Michigan Boating laws and…"
"@XFLD: If you need a citation for every single notation of law, I suggest you Google it. It isn't that hard. Some of us out here know the law pretty well already, and if you are on the water, just as on land, ignorance is no excuse. (I'm…"
"It is an offense under both federal and state law to be in a boat on the water without an approved life preserver. Period. It is also an offense to refuse the direct order of a public safety officer enforcing the law. Publinski asked Ross to show…"
"The Coast Guard has a right to declare any vessel and crew "manifestly unfit for sea." That is why life jackets are required in every boat, including kayaks. When Ross was asked to display his legally required life jacket by the CO, he…"
"Mr, Ross was required to have a life jacket on his person or on his vessel and to show it to a legitimate LEO. He did not. This broke the law and led to his arrest and incarceration. He left the scene while under questioning. This also broke the…"
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