Thursday, May 27, 2010

Utah State Parks Boating Tip of the Week

Salt Lake – All boats, including canoes, kayaks, float and inner tubes, kick boats, rubber rafts and many inflatable toys, used on Utah's waterways must carry basic safety equipment, which should include:

- A properly sized U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board. Utah law requires everyone 12 and under, those boating on a river, riding on a personal watercraft and being towed behind a vessel to wear a properly fitted and fastened life jacket.

- Bucket or bilge pump

- Spare paddle, oar or extra motor

- Horn or whistle

- Marine approved, fire extinguisher for motorboats with gasoline or diesel engines

- At least one throwable life preserver on boats 16 feet or longer

- Navigation lights for operation between sunset and sunrise

Many boats are required to carry different equipment depending upon vessel length. For specific boating safety equipment, visit stateparks.utah.gov/boating/checklist or call (801) 538-BOAT. Wear it Utah!

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