Winter PFD Law in Massachusetts

Wednesday, 03 October 2007
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PFDI was reading a letter to the editor today in the online version of The Sun Chronicle. The letter went on to complain to the editor that they published a photo of two canoeists last week out paddling. The problem was that they didn't have a PFD on.


In the letter the author makes mention of a law in Massachusetts that stipulates that you must wear a properly fitting approved PFD between January 1-May 14 and September 15 to December 31.

I had no idea that this rule was on the books. It seems bring a good compromise between cold water safety and those who complain that PFD are to hot in the summer and unnecessary.

I am interested in hearing if this type of law is in effect where you live. Also do people know about it or is it one of those obscure rules like the one in Florida which states that "If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle." [lawguru.com]

David Johnston

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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