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Kentucky law requires the following with respect to PFDs.

  • All vessels must carry one wearable Type I, II, or III USCG–approved PFD for each person on board.
  • In addition to the above requirements, vessels 16 feet in length or longer must have one USCG–approved throwable device on board and immediately accessible.
  • Children under 12 years of age must wear a USCG–approved wearable PFD at all times while underway in an open vessel or on an open deck of a vessel.
  • If a person chooses to wear a PFD that is not USCG approved (when not specifically required), a properly fitting USCG–approved PFD must be carried on board the vessel to meet the state and federal carriage requirements.
  • Each person on board a PWC must wear a USCG–approved wearable PFD.
  • Each person being towed behind a vessel must wear a USCG–approved wearable PFD.
  • A Type V PFD may be substituted for other required PFDs if the Type V PFD is approved for the type of vessel and the activity for which the PFD is being used.
  • All PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition and must be readily accessible. The PFDs must be of the proper size for the intended wearer. Sizing for PFDs is based on body weight and chest size.
Person fitting a PFD on a child
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