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H.81

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

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

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 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 18 years of age; and

(3)  being operated within an American Water Ski Association regulation slalom course.

 



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The Vermont General Assembly
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