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#10808560 - 04/30/15 08:35 AM Throw Float question??
ChrisPowellFishing Offline
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Do you have to have one? Where can i get one?? Is only for tournament fishing? I also heard a rumor if your boat is under 16ft you don't have to carry one. Need someone to clear this up for me. thanks
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#10808572 - 04/30/15 08:40 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
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#10808578 - 04/30/15 08:40 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
plasma800 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/14
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Loc: Montgomery Texas
You can pick them up at any academy. Looks like a cheap seat cushion with straps. They are uber inexpensive, and I would just have one period.

http://www.basspro.com/Type-IV-Flotation-Cushion/product/44754/?cmCat=

Lifesaving Devices


All Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) must be U.S. Coast Guard approved, in serviceable condition, readily accessible, and of the appropriate size for intended user. See Life Jackets for more details on PFD types.

All children under 13 years of age in or on vessels under 26 feet in length must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable PFD while underway. Underway means not at anchor, made fast to the shore, or aground.

All vessels, including canoes and kayaks, must be equipped with one Type I, II, III or V wearable PFD for each person on board. A Type V PFD is acceptable only if used in accordance with the specific instructions on the label of the device.

Vessels 16 feet and longer, excluding canoes and kayaks, are required to be equipped with one Type IV throwable PFD in addition to the Type I, II, III, or V PFD required for each person on board.

Inflatable PFDs are authorized only when used in accordance with requirements as presented on U.S. Coast Guard approval labels. Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use on personal watercraft, waterskiing, or other high speed activity.

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#10808607 - 04/30/15 08:50 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
9094 Online   content
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Yes and on Amistad and Falcon you have to have it out with a rope tied to it.
Those lakes are coast guard lakes.

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#10808634 - 04/30/15 08:58 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
ChrisPowellFishing Offline
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thanks!
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#10808651 - 04/30/15 09:05 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
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Yeah always have one and always put a line on mine, a bad throw in a situation with no way to get it back or to pull someone in. I have two extras at the house local in Dallas needs one for $5ea with a line....
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#10808667 - 04/30/15 09:08 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
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While it is a good idea, there is nothing in the CG regs that require a line to be attached to it. I have been checked at the coast and was only asked to show that I had one. There may be a local requirement but nothing federal that I have ever read.
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#10808829 - 04/30/15 09:49 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
Undertaker56 Offline
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Best to have one got checked by the game warden. Did not know I had to have one. Got lucky just a warning ticket!!! Went to academey the same day and got one...
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#10808842 - 04/30/15 09:53 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
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Instead of worrying weather legally you should have one or not, you should just get one. Might save yours or someone else's life.
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#10808889 - 04/30/15 10:05 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: Bob Landry]
9094 Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
While it is a good idea, there is nothing in the CG regs that require a line to be attached to it. I have been check
ed at the coast and was only asked to show that I had one. There may be a local requirement but nothing federal that I have ever read.


Tell that to the GWs on both Falcon and Amistad that asked to see mine. The first time on Falcon it had it stowed with no rope tied to it, got a warning.
The next time I was ready for it and sure enough he asked to see my cushion. I pulled it out from under the console and showed him and he said it was nice that somebody actually knew the law.
It might be an international border lake deal, but it is a law on Amistad and Falcon and it is a CG law according to the GW. By the way one of the GW was federal not state.

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#10809072 - 04/30/15 10:57 AM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
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9094, Thanks, had no idea.
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#10809827 - 04/30/15 03:54 PM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: 9094]
Bob Landry Online   content
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Registered: 08/10/11
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Loc: Austin, Tx
Originally Posted By: 9094
Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
While it is a good idea, there is nothing in the CG regs that require a line to be attached to it. I have been check
ed at the coast and was only asked to show that I had one. There may be a local requirement but nothing federal that I have ever read.


Tell that to the GWs on both Falcon and Amistad that asked to see mine. The first time on Falcon it had it stowed with no rope tied to it, got a warning.
The next time I was ready for it and sure enough he asked to see my cushion. I pulled it out from under the console and showed him and he said it was nice that somebody actually knew the law.
It might be an international border lake deal, but it is a law on Amistad and Falcon and it is a CG law according to the GW. By the way one of the GW was federal not state.


It could very well be a border lake thing. I'm just saying that I checked TPWD website and there is nothing on there about a throwable except that you have to have one on any boat over 16ft, excluding canoes and kayaks. A call to P&W will settle if it's required on all Texas lake, I don't think it is..
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#10809946 - 04/30/15 04:57 PM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
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#10809958 - 04/30/15 05:02 PM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
04champ Online   content
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I can't find any verbage that indicates there has to be a rope attached to a throwable

The Virginia watercraft owners' guide specifically says it is not required

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Each Type IV throwable must be immediately available. "Immediately available" means the life jacket shall be quickly reachable in an emergency situation. An immediately available life jacket cannot be in a protective covering, in a closed compartment, or under other equipment. There is no requirement to have a line attached.

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#10810084 - 04/30/15 06:06 PM Re: Throw Float question?? [Re: ChrisPowellFishing]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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I haven't found anything stating that a rope had to be attached other than hearing that it does for commercial vehicles. If a GW says that a rope does have to be attached, ask him what is the legal length of the rope to be.

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