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New, federal boating regs, eff 4/1/21


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#1 Gary_Hungerford

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Posted March 31 2021 - 07:20 AM

Folks:

You can verify this, at https://www.mycg.usc...maritime-safety.

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    Beginning April 1, 2021, operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use the engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL), as the US Coast Guard implements a new boat engine cut-off switch law passed by Congress.
    “This new requirement will improve safety for millions of Americans who take to the water each year,” said Verne B. Gifford, division chief of boating safety. “The engine cut-off switch will better protect vessel operators as well as all other marine vessels, operators, and maritime law enforcement officers on the water who are at risk when encountering a runaway vessel.”
    Vessel operators on boats that either have a functioning ECOS or were manufactured beginning January 2020 must wear an ECOSL.
    The ECOSL attaches the operator to a switch that shuts off the engine if the operator is displaced from the helm. The ECOSL is typically a lanyard that attaches to an ECOS at the helm or on the motor. When strong tension is applied to the lanyard, the ECOSL activates the ECOS, resulting in the shutdown of the motor.  
    Additionally, wireless technology allows for an ECOSL that activates if a fob is immersed in water, which would happen when someone falls overboard. The fob is carried by the operator and/or persons on board. Some manufacturers have begun to install these wireless ECOSL as optional or standard equipment.
    Effective April 1, the new law applies to all federally navigable waterways. As this is a federal law, states do not have the ability to enforce the new ECOS regulation — though seven states (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey and Texas) currently have their own ECOS laws.  
    The ECOSL is not required to be worn if the main helm of the vessel is in an enclosed cabin or the vessel is not operating on plane or at displacement speed. Low-speed activities such as fishing or docking do not require use of an ECOS. The vessel operator is also exempt if the boat’s motor produces less than 115 lbs. of static thrust – or about the size of a three-horse powered engine.
    The US Coast Guard’s initial focus will be education, so all boaters are safe on waters.



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Posted March 31 2021 - 08:57 AM

another bit of feel good legislation.    Just something else to ignore.  I will comply when everyone starts to stay under 55 on the Southern State, cuts out party music at 10PM, fully stop at stop signs, and use turn signals when changing lanes (or at all for that matter...)


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Posted March 31 2021 - 09:09 AM

another bit of feel good legislation.    Just something else to ignore.  I will comply when everyone starts to stay under 55 on the Southern State, cuts out party music at 10PM, fully stop at stop signs, and use turn signals when changing lanes (or at all for that matter...)


Perfectly said. Feel good legislation, nothing more.
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Posted March 31 2021 - 11:49 AM

another bit of feel good legislation.    Just something else to ignore.  I will comply when everyone starts to stay under 55 on the Southern State, cuts out party music at 10PM, fully stop at stop signs, and use turn signals when changing lanes (or at all for that matter...)

 

 

Perfectly said. Feel good legislation, nothing more.

I agree. No argument but, since we are on an island, with lots of boats and there has been no public announcement of this, our people need to know, to avoid getting blindsided, with a summons and fines. USCG and the Marine Division of DEC's LEO arm will be looking for this, this Summer.

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Posted March 31 2021 - 01:34 PM

I agree. No argument but, since we are on an island, with lots of boats and there has been no public announcement of this, our people need to know, to avoid getting blindsided, with a summons and fines. USCG and the Marine Division of DEC's LEO arm will be looking for this, this Summer.

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Kind of like NYC traffic cameras, a money grab.   But how many of us leave the motor running while drifting for fluke and fishing off the stern anyway ?    My cutoff won't stretch much behind the pilot seat, although I am not really sure about that SINCE I HAVE NEVER AND WILL NEVER USE THE EFFING THING !



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Posted March 31 2021 - 06:00 PM

Isn't for boats manufactured after 2020? Not an issue in my case.

Edited by cleansweep, March 31 2021 - 06:03 PM.


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Posted March 31 2021 - 06:41 PM

Isn't for boats manufactured after 2020? Not an issue in my case.

 

Yeah, I think it was after 2020. A non-issue for me also...



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Posted March 31 2021 - 11:17 PM

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Posted April 01 2021 - 11:44 AM

Again why add more laws when the ones already in existence are not enforced?  Hard to legislate common sense and responsible behavior.



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Posted April 01 2021 - 06:34 PM

We had Aux. controls at the stern of several boats, to allow backing while retrieving set lines or nets..A few of us went over the transom on occasion....
Regs say not a violation if vessel is not on plane, etc or controls are in enclosed cabin



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Posted April 01 2021 - 06:35 PM

...and here I thought it would be a reg on the number of firearms you could have on board at any given time, to cut down on all the losses during "Boating accidents"






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