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Old 09-22-2004, 05:26 PM
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In What States do you NOT need an observer??

Topic says it all. Trying to figure if, in Kentucky, an observer is mandatory.

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Old 09-22-2004, 05:34 PM
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While this section is titled water skiing, it applies to persons being towed on any device such as kneeboards, inner tubes, etc.

Kentucky law states that persons being towed on any device must wear a Type I, II or III PFD. Further, the law requires in addition to the operator of the boat, an observer 12 years of age or older - or - a wide angle rear view mirror mounted so as to let the operator check on the skier but still give full attention to traffic ahead of him. The primary responsibility of the operator is to watch for oncoming traffic and not to be looking at the skier.
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Old 09-22-2004, 07:49 PM
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Massachusetts requires an observer, but no flag.... [rant on] As far as I'm concerned a flag is a heck of a lot more useful than an observer, especially with the mirrors we all have (though I will concede that most boats don't have them and have spacey morons driving). For the most part all observers do in my boat is to comment on how good the crash was. I prefer to have a signal to other boats to stay the heck away from me. If I put up my flag in Mass. people come extra close thinking I need help! I 'almost' wish you had to get a license to operate a boat sometimes...[rant off]
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Old 09-23-2004, 05:47 AM
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Massachusetts requires an observer, but no flag.... [rant on] As far as I'm concerned a flag is a heck of a lot more useful than an observer, especially with the mirrors we all have (though I will concede that most boats don't have them and have spacey morons driving). For the most part all observers do in my boat is to comment on how good the crash was. I prefer to have a signal to other boats to stay the heck away from me. If I put up my flag in Mass. people come extra close thinking I need help! I 'almost' wish you had to get a license to operate a boat sometimes...[rant off]
I do wish you needed a license to drive. No minimul starting age as long as someone else "responsible" is in the boat (I know some 8 year olds who are much better than their drunk parents at driving boats )

In MD - spotter required - period. I believe Delaware has the mirror rule. My wife & I used to "outlaw" it all the time when nobody else was out. In a boat with a center-mounted pilon, the driver really doesn't need a mirror, since when the person falls, the rope slaps the engine box.
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Old 09-23-2004, 07:46 AM
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In Louisiana it goes something like...

drivers over 16 do not require a spoter if they have a concave mirror that measures 7 X 14...
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Old 09-23-2004, 08:41 AM
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I know some a couple where the wife is the driver and the husband is a trick skier. It is crazy, he does toe plants and all that stuff needed to do on pin and the wife can do it and drive as well, no observer! Talk about trusting your wifes abilities!!
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Old 09-23-2004, 09:49 AM
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No observer or flag necessary in Texas so long as you have a mirror of at least 4" x 4".
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In my Coast Guard course in Texas the skier is not required to wear a jacket. There only needs to enough jackets for the people in the boat.

AWSA tournaments trick skiers are not required to wear a jacket.
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Topic says it all. Trying to figure if, in Kentucky, an observer is mandatory.
They do have a funny daylight savings thing going on in kentucky I think
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Old 09-23-2004, 10:11 AM
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Illinois and Wisconsin require an observer as noted in the replies above.

Wisconsin does not require a skier to wear a vest. Law states that the driver of the boat needs to have available enough PFDs for all people in the boat and skiing. Not sure about Illinois but we bascially follow the same rules.

It would be nice to have the mirror rule. Then we could get out alot more often.
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