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JR34
07-11-2007, 06:31 PM
I know this could vary by state but what is the minimum age for a spotter where you are? Someone told me it was 12 in my state (OR) but someone else told me as long as they are able to answer a few questions to guage the spotter's understanding about spotting if stopped you are ok.

Thanks

betsy&david Harrison
07-11-2007, 07:25 PM
12 here in Ca too don't believe what someone told you...it'll cost you big $$$

bigmac
07-11-2007, 07:35 PM
Minnesota is a no-spotter-required state.

Ryan27r
07-12-2007, 12:01 AM
bigmac oly on Minnetonka... same lake where the speed limit is 40 no 50 like any other lake in mn. that make it illegal for men over 200 pounds to barefoot at the propper speed...

bigmac
07-12-2007, 12:10 AM
bigmac oly on Minnetonka... same lake where the speed limit is 40 no 50 like any other lake in mn. that make it illegal for men over 200 pounds to barefoot at the propper speed...I'm as surprised that Minnetonka requires spotters as I am to find out (after 25 years living on Minnesota Lakes) that there is a speed limit on the rest of the lakes...

I'll bet the speed limit on Minnetonka was engineered by both Minnesota Inboards and Midwest MasterCraft ;)

You sure about that speed limit on other lakes? I can't find any mention of it in either the 2007 Boating Guide or the state boating statutes.

Doug G
07-12-2007, 12:51 AM
PA regs don't specify an age just a definition of a competent person

"In addition to the operator, a competent observer must be in the boat in a position to observe the progress of the person being towed. A competent observer is a person who has the ability to assess when a skier is in trouble, knows and understands the water-skiing hand signals, and is capable of helping a skier."

JR34
07-12-2007, 12:56 AM
PA regs don't specify an age just a definition of a competent person

"In addition to the operator, a competent observer must be in the boat in a position to observe the progress of the person being towed. A competent observer is a person who has the ability to assess when a skier is in trouble, knows and understands the water-skiing hand signals, and is capable of helping a skier."

Yup Oregon too it appears. Called the Marine Board and they confirmed the competence requirement. Luckily my 6 year old passed the mom and dad test at least and we were able to get a few runs in.

sizzler
07-12-2007, 02:31 AM
over here a spotter has to be able to control the boat in the event of something happenning to the driver.....

Ryan27r
07-12-2007, 03:02 AM
I'm as surprised that Minnetonka requires spotters as I am to find out (after 25 years living on Minnesota Lakes) that there is a speed limit on the rest of the lakes...

I'll bet the speed limit on Minnetonka was engineered by both Minnesota Inboards and Midwest MasterCraft ;)

You sure about that speed limit on other lakes? I can't find any mention of it in either the 2007 Boating Guide or the state boating statutes.
I was told the speed limit was 50mph on all lakes in MN accept minnetonka which is 40 and you need a spotter over 12... I will be glad to be in the Detroit lakes region for the next week.

Ryan27r
07-12-2007, 03:16 AM
maybe there is not I just looked around on google and found no laws about it...dosent matter my biggy heavy inboard will never get to the 50 mph mark.

School Skier
07-12-2007, 07:22 AM
Seems like the spotter issue is a grey area to most. The states need to spell it out in the boating regulations.

tnvetteman
07-12-2007, 08:07 AM
(TN) Age is 12

Ryan
07-12-2007, 09:03 AM
10yrs old in OH. Only 5.5 more years until my oldest can be our third.

It appears my son could start driving me in OH at age 12. I don't know that I'd want to chance the ticket, however, I see a possible legal loophole that could allow a person younger than 12 years old to drive a skier, assuming the skier is 18+ and is considered to be within visual and audible range.

edit - nevermind the sub 12 driver thing - new law says 18+ must be on board.

jmac197
07-12-2007, 09:07 AM
10 in NY Of course I trusted my 8 year old more than some of my friends......

tex
07-12-2007, 11:07 AM
No spotter needed in Texas-Just a mirror!

vogelm1
07-12-2007, 12:14 PM
In WI a spotter is required, but the definition of "spotter" is vague. They just need to "be competent and be able to relay signals to the boat driver".

billr
07-12-2007, 01:02 PM
In Al the age is 12, or a wide angle mirror with 170 degrees of vision.

vegashomeexpert
07-13-2007, 11:28 AM
12 in Nevada

Maristar210
07-13-2007, 11:34 AM
Michigan just says must have an aobserver but does not state and age that I can find.....