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Specifically for Paddleboards

The use of stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) is growing in popularity in Maine. All paddleboards are SUPs. The U.S. Coast Guard classifies paddleboards as vessels.

Requirements for Paddleboards

When using a paddleboard, certain requirements apply.

Paddleboard users must comply with recreational boating laws and rules.

Paddleboards must have:

  • A life jacket for each person on board
  • A sound-producing device such as a whistle
  • Navigation lights when used between sunset and sunrise – this may be a flashlight or a headlamp with a white light
  • Visual distress signals when used on federally controlled waters