Life Jackets Getting A Makeover?
IN A MOVE EXPECTED to benefit recreational boaters, the
The now outmoded coding was unique to the U.S., and had been used for
years to differentiate life jackets and their specific use. But the coding tended to
limit choice and increase the cost of life jackets, not to mention confuse boaters, according to Chris Edmonston, BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety
president and chairman of the National Safe Boating Council.
Edmonston says removing the type coding is a first step toward adopting new standards that will eventually simplify life jacket requirements
for recreational boaters. “Aligning our standards with our neighbors to
the north and across the Atlantic will help reduce prices and allow for a
wider variety, as manufacturers won’t have to make products unique to the
U.S. market,” he says.
Edmonston cautions boaters to continue to abide by the Type I-V
labeling when using older life jackets, as they will remain legal for use.
To change the public mindset of what a life jacket should look like, the
BoatU.S. Foundation, the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association
For more, go to www.BoatUS.org/design
TWO LITTLE WHITE BOATS
That’s what BD Richardson from Boyds, Maryland, called this
tranquil composition from the remote Tangier Island in the
Chesapeake Bay. He took this photo with a Canon 5D.
boating photos of 2015