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The use of stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) is growing in popularity in Maine. All paddleboards are SUPs. The USCG classifies SUPs as watercraft.

When using an SUP, certain requirements apply.

  • SUP users must comply with recreational watercraft laws and rules.
  • SUPs must have:
    • A PFD for each person on board the watercraft.
    • 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 territorial waters between sunset and sunrise.
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