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#11738189 - 07/23/16 02:13 PM Kids and life jackets
Im RICK JAMES Offline
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Need clarification. Looking up info about pfd and came across where it says "kids 13 and under must wear pfd while underway". Does that mean just when big motor is running? So if your using trolling motor can they take it off to fish?
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#11738262 - 07/23/16 03:10 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
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The law is, under 13 years of age must wear a PFD while under way. Underway means making headway regardless of the type of propulsion. I believe that also includes drifting.
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#11738270 - 07/23/16 03:17 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
Clouser Offline
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Law states they have to have it on at all times.

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#11738271 - 07/23/16 03:18 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Bob Landry]
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I'm no expert but I always understood underway to be whenever a boat or vessel was not anchored or moored or beached...any time on the water ...drifting, sailing , rowing, underpower is consider underway...so if it is not anchored...or tied up pfd would be required for the kids 13 and under.

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#11738272 - 07/23/16 03:18 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
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TPWD Website:

"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."


Underway = Using the big motor, using your trolling motor, drifting, not at anchor or not tied to a stationary device. I don't have any court cases yet but I am suspecting "spot lock" will still be underway.

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#11738286 - 07/23/16 03:29 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
Im RICK JAMES Offline
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Thanks. Just wanted to be legal. I remember always having to wear mine even while fishing.
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#11738481 - 07/23/16 06:18 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
TCK73 Offline
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Being spot locked with the trolling motor is a gray area you may not want to contest as well.
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#11738503 - 07/23/16 06:41 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
V-Bottom Offline
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When they are in a boat that's in the water, whether moving or not, YES they must have a PFD on. Even at the ramp.


Edited by V-Bottom (07/23/16 06:42 PM)
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#11738511 - 07/23/16 06:48 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: V-Bottom]
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Originally Posted By: V-Bottom
When they are in a boat that's in the water, whether moving or not, YES they must have a PFD on. Even at the ramp.


No they are not. Go back and read the law, or read Cap'n Craig's post.
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#11738581 - 07/23/16 07:39 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
Catching Air Offline
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For what it is worth my kids wear them at all times while in the boat and I believe they should mandate that adults wear them while outboard or big motor is running.

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#11738736 - 07/23/16 08:59 PM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Catching Air]
St1cky Offline
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Boating should just be outlawed. Problem solved.


Edited by St1cky (07/24/16 10:50 PM)

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#11738946 - 07/24/16 12:15 AM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
I love fishing Offline
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Wow! That went down south real quick. Didn't see that coming.
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#11739315 - 07/24/16 11:00 AM Re: Kids and life jackets [Re: Im RICK JAMES]
jwcromer Offline
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they are called LIFE jackest,keep on at all times,that should be YOUR rule

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