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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:56 PM 05/23/05 (CST)
I am confused. Here is a snip of the law...

SUMMARY:
• Requires life jacket to be worn by children less than 10 years of age when aboard watercraft in Minnesota when the craft is under way (not tied up at a dock or permanent mooring).
Exemptions from wearing:

• When in an enclosed cabin or below the top deck on a watercraft

• When on an anchored boat that is a platform for swimming or diving

• When aboard a charter (passenger) craft with a licensed captain.
PENALTIES

• Written warning only for the FIRST offense - until May 1, 2006

• Petty misdemeanor for second offense during period above and any offense on or after May 1, 2006.


So my question is, what if a boat is anchored and fishing. I can see no comments on that. If you are anchored and swimming, it looks like the kids don't need a life vest. But how about fishing??? Anyone know the exact law?

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:32 PM 05/23/05 (CST)
From the way I read it, swimming is the only actitvity that is exempt from wearing a P.F.D. It should not matter, everyone should wear one all the time no matter the age. In my boat they wewr one or they don't come. I lost a good friend ( Bobby Cure) that was a Saint Paul swimming champion and he drowned. If it it is too much touble to wear one maybe hiking is a better option.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:49 AM 05/24/05 (CST)
Sorry about your friend Bass_fishingguy. I am just wondering because a lot of times I am in the boat in 3 feet of water with the kids fishing for sunnies and wanted to know if they needed to have their life vests on.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:25 PM 05/24/05 (CST)
Just today I head a radio spot on kids 10 and under are required to wear a PFD. Maybe it's just me but it is just wearing a seat belt in a car, get the kids use to it early so later it just an auto thing.
I hope you all catch a bunch, keep a few to eat and teach the kids how a sharp knife cleans the fish best. Have fun and make sure the young ones are having fun too.

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:21 PM 06/21/06 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:13 PM 06/21/06 (CST)
Speaking of life jackets does anybody have any feedback on the self inflating stlye of jacket's I feel so bulky when I'm fishing with my jacket on, I believe there are two stlyes one where it auto inflates and another where you have to inflate yourself.

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:17 PM 07/05/06 (CST)
I hope this helps PB,if not what exaclty are you thinking about?
Chapter 4: The Legal Requirements of Boating
Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets)
All watercraft must be equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets called personal flotation devices or PFDs. The quantity and type depends on the length of your watercraft and the number of people on board. Each PFD must be in good condition, the proper size for the intended wearer, and very importantly, must be readily accessible! Readily accessible means you must be able to put the PFD on in a reasonable amount of time in an emergency (boat sinking, on fire, etc.). PFDs should not be stowed in plastic bags, in locked or closed compartments or have anchors, lines or other gear stowed on top of them.

Boat operators should ask everyone on board to wear a PFD whenever on the water. PFDs can save lives, but only if they are worn!

PFD Requirements
All watercraft must have at least one Type I, II, III or V personal flotation device that is USCG-approved and of the proper size for each person on board or being towed. Sizing for PFDs is based on body weight and/or chest size.
All PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition and must be readily accessible.
Children under 10 years of age must wear a USCG–approved PFD when on board a boat that is underway unless they are:
In an enclosed cabin or below deck or
On an anchored boat that is being used as a platform for swimming or diving or
On board a charter (passenger) craft with a licensed captain.
In addition to the above requirements, one Type IV USCG-approved throwable PFD must be on board boats 16 ft. or longer (except canoes and kayaks) and immediately available in event of emergency.
A U.S. Coast Guard approved Type V device may be substituted for any other approved device if it meets the same requirements and is noted on the Type V device (i.e. "Equivalent to an approved Type III device").
Anyone riding a PWC must wear a PFD. Persons being towed behind a watercraft should also wear a PFD. Inflatable PFDs are not approved for these activities.
Types of Personal Flotation Devices
Read and follow the label restrictions on all PFDs.

Types of Personal Flotation Devices Illustrations
TYPE I: Offshore Life Jackets

These vests are geared for rough or remote waters where rescue may take awhile. They provide the most buoyancy, are excellent for flotation and will turn most unconscious persons face up in the water, but provide little hypothermia protection.

TYPE II: Near-Shore Vests

These vests are good for calm waters when quick assistance or rescue is likely. Type II vests will turn some unconscious wearers face-up in the water, but the turning is not as pronounced as a Type I.

TYPE III: Flotation Aids

These vests or full-sleeved jackets are good for calm waters and fast rescues and provide good protection from hypothermia. They are not for rough waters since they will not turn most unconscious persons face up. This type of PFD is generally used for water sports. Some Type III PFDs are designed to inflate when you enter the water. Inflatables are not intended for use on PWCs, by children, or while water-skiing, tubing, etc.

TYPE IV: Throwable Devices

These cushions, ring buoys or horseshoe buoys are designed to be thrown to someone in trouble. They are not for long hours in rough waters, non-swimmers or the unconscious.

TYPE V: Special-Use Devices

These windsurfing vests, deck suits, hybrid PFDs and others are designed for specific activities. Some Type V PFDs are designed to inflate when you enter the water. To be acceptable, Type V PFDs must be used in accordance with their label.








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