The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation has announced that beginning Nov. 1, “No owner or operator of a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, including rowboats, canoes, and kayaks shall permit its operation, between Nov. 1 and May 1, unless each person on board such vessel is wearing a securely fastened United States Coast Guard approved wearable personal flotation device of an appropriate size when such vessel is underway.”
This new regulation applies to all navigable waters in the state, as well as some downstate tidal areas. Failure to wear a lifejacket on such vessels will be considered a violation under Section 73-C of Navigation Law and is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250, applicable to either the operator and/or the owner of the vessel.
This new regulation will not impact most North Country power boaters since few operate their vessels between Nov. 1 and May 1, but it’s something you should know about anyway.
Thanks to ACA member Dale Jeffers for keeping everyone posted on these regulations.
Director of Stewardship & Public Policy