The Maine Boater Safety Handbook
The Official Boating Handbook of the Maine Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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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