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Topic: A sticky for ocean newbie questions?  (Read 19185 times)

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Pretty sure that the PFD is the only legal requirement.

Thanks for that link, Doug!  I'd forgotten that we're required to carry a noisemaker and light, and I think it reads that you only need flares if you're out at night.

I'd say you're not likely to be held to that standard very often by the CG or DFW - I've seen both while on the water and never been asked for the smaller things, whereas, I do believe they're attuned to checking for PFD, as they should be.

Having a whistle, small flashlight and hand flares is important - stuff I've not used in years of carrying it, but I have it.
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I always carry two pealess whistles. Haven't had to use one yet, hope to not have to.

Up in Oregon for the Oregon Rockfish Classic out of Depoe bay, the coast guard does an inspection before you are allowed to launch. They require a safety flag in addition to the pfd and whistle.


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I always carry two pealess whistles. Haven't had to use one yet, hope to not have to.

Up in Oregon for the Oregon Rockfish Classic out of Depoe bay, the coast guard does an inspection before you are allowed to launch. They require a safety flag in addition to the pfd and whistle.

I don't think they require it.  The organizers of ORC do, and I think the the inspectors knew it and asked about it.  I will say that having flags as a requirement for the tournament is very well received by the CG, the local charter boats, and the local boating community in general.  We've received many complements about it.  And the participants really like the extra safety check.  The CG check is mostly done by the volunteer CG Auxiliary, although some years local LE has gotten involved as part of community outreach.

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where can I go and find out what I need (by law)to have when I am on my yak?

Pretty sure that the PFD is the only legal requirement.

Not that it is a good idea but I was told that a sit on kayak is considered a floatation device and you do not need a PDF. When ab diving I often don't bring the pdf since I am jumping in the water anyway.
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I got checked by the sheriffs twice to make sure I had one on board. They then realized I had it on. I would not chance not having it.
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where can I go and find out what I need (by law)to have when I am on my yak?

Pretty sure that the PFD is the only legal requirement.

Not that it is a good idea but I was told that a sit on kayak is considered a floatation device and you do not need a PDF. When ab diving I often don't bring the pdf since I am jumping in the water anyway.

Not sure where you got that but the law is very clear on PFD's, have to be on board and accessible. Not in a hatch or under the deck. Also have to be approximate for the vessel (not really applicable to kayaks more of a rule for jet skis that can go over 80mph). Have to fit the intended warier, and have to be in good repair. Also inflatables have to worn to count as a PFD. Children under the age of 12 must always ware a PFD, unless on a sailboat over 26'. Other states have stricter rules but this is the federal guideline that CA uses.
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I ab and scuba dive in addition to Kayak fishing. I would think a pair of fins and a snorkel would be handy if you absolutely had to abandon the boat (get hit by a motorboat or broken up on a hidden wash rock.) They wouldn't take up much space in one of the hatches....and could get you back to shore if you were not too far out....or at least make it easier to tread water with a PFD and keep your head above surface.



 

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