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PFD Question?

I received a new pfd for kayaking! must you have the vest on or can you keep it on the back of your kayak!?:huh I know your supposed to wear them at all times but According to the law what is the requirments? Thanks FCW:smoking
Sarasota,Fl 
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  • yak_angleryak_angler Posts: 2,585 Captain
    http://myfwc.com/boating/safety-education/boat-safety-equipment/vessels-under-16-feet/

    the short answer is that you must have it on board; the smart answer (which you already knew) is to get a comfortable one and wear it.
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  • Paul BarnardPaul Barnard Posts: 136 Officer
    What type PFD is it? If it is a type V pfd it must be worn to be accepted as a USCG approved PFD.
  • Fear KnotFear Knot Posts: 151 Officer
    I had an A-wipe from the FWC tell me that it didn't count (class 5) because he didn't see me wearing it. OK that's fair, except I was on dry land when he told me this.
  • slapshotslapshot Posts: 172 Officer
    Like the others said, if it's a standard vest, then it must be onboard and easily accessible. If it's an inflatable, then it must be worn to count.
  • YaksquatchYaksquatch Posts: 499 Officer
    The information stated above is correct, you technically do not need to wear it (unless it's an inflatable). However, when you're on a small vessel like a kayak, things can happen quickly! When (NOT IF) something goes wrong, you needed your PFD on 5 minutes ago and you will not have time to get it out from under a bungee and on fast enough while having to handle the yak, stay upright, swim, etc.!

    WEAR YOU PFD AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON A KAYAK!!! I don't care how good a swimmer you are. I'm a great swimmer but I wear mine 100% of the time! If you get flipped by a wave, hit in the head by your yak, and knocked unconscious then the PFD on the back of your yak will do you no good!

    Good luck!
    Alex
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay Posts: 418 Officer
    hmm I had no idea about the law, I never bring my lifejacket.. I'll have to start, has anyone ever been ticketed for this? just wondering
  • ChumSlickChumSlick Posts: 252 Officer
    We have never been ticketed but I can tell you the jerks will want to check everything you have. It saves a ton hassle just to make sure you have everything they require. They pull us over every single time we go out...seriously frustrating if yo forget 1 thing its 45 min. Of your day gone.
  • YaksquatchYaksquatch Posts: 499 Officer
    ChumSlick wrote: »
    We have never been ticketed but I can tell you the jerks will want to check everything you have. It saves a ton hassle just to make sure you have everything they require. They pull us over every single time we go out...seriously frustrating if yo forget 1 thing its 45 min. Of your day gone.

    Frustrating, yes. But FWC does not deserve the badmouthing they sometimes receive. Realize they are trying to make sure everyone on the water has all of gear they'd need if the unexpected happens. They are trying to save lives, not be jerks.

    Also realize that if FWC did not exist, guess who would be doing inspections instead? The U.S. Coast Guard who are MUCH more thorough and nit-picky and ALWAYS write tickets. Also, guess where your fine fees would go; to the Feds NOT the state of FL where those funds will be used locally. FWC has a thankless job because they get pressured from the Feds and then have potshots taken at them by the recreational fishing community who does not realize that FWC is standing BETWEEN FL recreational anglers and the Federal Government, which would prefer to be MUCH more restrictive on recreational anglers.

    Sure there are a few @$$es in FWC, just like there are in any institution. But for the most part, FWC officers are usually locals and in some cases would rather give warnings rather than write tickets. Many of them fish and hunt on their days off and are involved in these sports the same way the rest of us are.

    Alex
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,301 Admiral
    Just don't have it in the hatch. IMHO On nice days on the west coast wearing a PFD is optional. If I fall off, I'll stand up and get back in.
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