Re: BoatUS survey on lifejackets
I hate to see it mandated, but I'm sure it will happen.
I was looking up the Colorado state boating regulations just to make sure I knew what was current. Interesting revelations, I have to register the puffer, and write my name and address in the canoes. I can also now be charged with BUI in a canoe. And I am supposed to be carrying a signal device. Which I have been because it was mandated in Min. the last time i was up there and I haven't taken the whistle out of the PFD. And I need register the home made sailboat, and the skiff if I ever put so much as a trolling motor on it.
I didn't see the need to register the 12- sailboat but I suppose I will because my usual haunts are no wake-no sailing, and the sailing lakes are high traffic.
And i do wear my PFD when solo in the back country, but not fishing locally unless the wind comes up, which means I'm headed for the closest shore anyway.
In fact, if you can saw a penciled line, apply glue, drive nails, and bring a modest measure of patience to the task, you can build and launch a smart and able craft in as few as 40 work hours. You need not be driven by lack of tools, materials, skills, or time to abandon in frustration a project you conceived in a spirit of pleasurable anticipation.