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H.81

AN ACT RELATING TO OPERATION OF A VESSEL USED FOR TOWING PERSONS ON WATER SKIS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 3315(a) is amended to read:

(a)  A Except as provided below, a  person shall not operate a vessel on any waters of this state for towing to tow a person or persons on water skis, aquaplane, kite skis, surfboard wakeboard, kneeboard, or similar device unless the person being towed is wearing a United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device and unless there is in the vessel a person who is at least 12 years old, in addition to the operator, in a position to observe the progress of the person or persons being towed.  Persons engaged in barefoot water skiing waterskiing may elect at their own risk to wear a non-Coast Guard approved barefoot wetsuit designed specifically for this activity.  An observer shall not be required if the vessel is:

(1)  a tow boat approved by the American Water Ski Association or equivalent to the American Water Ski Association standard and equipped with a wide-angle mirror having a viewing surface of at least 48 square inches;

(2)  being operated by a person who is at least 16 years of age; and

(3)  being operated within an American Water Ski Association regulation slalom course or within reasonably necessary turning radii on either end of such a course.

 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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