Canoe and Kayak Standard Goes to Final Comment Period

Monday, 23 April 2007
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Paddlesports Industry AssociationThe latest draft of H-29, the voluntary manufacturing standard for canoe and kayak safety, is available for download at www.paddlesportsindustry.org/paddlepro.htm along with a form for your comments. Comments from manufacturers are due by May 25, 2007 to the Paddlesports Industry Association's partner, the American Boat and Yacht Council; please also email a copy of your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Paddlesports Industry AssociationH-29 Likely to be Published This Summer

The latest draft of H-29, the voluntary manufacturing standard for canoe and kayak safety, is available for download at www.paddlesportsindustry.org/paddlepro.htm along with a form for your comments. Comments from manufacturers are due by May 25, 2007 to the Paddlesports Industry Association's partner, the American Boat and Yacht Council; please also email a copy of your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Manufacturer comments are extremely important at this stage of the process. If there are no significant comments, the draft will be published in roughly this form sometime this summer. If there are significant comments we will work with ABYC to address those comments and make appropriate changes to the draft. Regardless, we expect that H-29 will be published this summer with an effective date in summer 2009.

We are particularly interested in manufacturer comments related to:
  • 29.5.2 Display of Capacity Information
  • 29.6.1 Maximum Weight Capacity
  • 29.6.2 Persons Capacity in Pounds
  • 29.7 Flotation
  • 29.8 Inflatable Canoes and Kayaks.
The major changes in this draft relate to capacity and flotation. First, there is a change in the approach to determining maximum capacity. Instead of a percentage of maximum displacement, the new draft ties maximum capacity to specified freeboard measurements for different types of boats (see section 29.6.1). Second, there is a change in the formula for determining required flotation. Please pay particular attention in section 29.7 to the formula for determining the pounds of flotation required for each vessel. As currently drafted, a canoe or kayak will need to have supplemental flotation sufficient to float the swamped weight of the boat (plus a motor if equipped) and 10 percent of the persons capacity in pounds. Your comments on this 10 percent factor will be appreciated.

Again, please use the comment form available at www.paddlesportsindustry.org/paddlepro.htm to submit comments on the draft. Comments will be accepted by ABYC until May 25, 2007. We would appreciate it if you send a copy of your comments to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well.

If you have questions or comments on the standard, please contact Matt Menashes at 703-451-3864 x 26 or Joe Pulliam at 864-630-2454.
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David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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