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New Life Ring requirement by Coast Guard?

Bobby Light

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The only thing I know about is the new carbon monoxide interior sticker requirement!!

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Nope, but did hear about the Arkansas State requirement (likely Federal also) to have a LIGHT SOURCE device for use both DAY and NIGHT. I think a flare will suffice. Hmmmmmm, got a "courtesy" check x2 on the weekend before Memorial Day.

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I got a warning on Memorial Day for no throwable square cushion or lifegaurd ring

here in Texas


A type IV throwable, either a throwable square cushion or a lifeguard ring, has been a boating safety requirement in the vast majority of states and on federal waters for as long as I can remember. The USCG has required it on all boats larger than 16 feet on federal waters for decades IIRC, and most state boating laws have always tended to mirror USCG requirements, although they have no obligation to do so. Admittedly, there's not much federal water around here, so USCG boating laws don't apply to us but I'm not aware of any change in federal boating laws except that they (and most states) now have some rules about Type V (inflatable or other special-use) PFD's...?

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