Kentucky State Boating Laws

Kentucky’s Life Jacket Laws

All boats must carry a Coast Guard-approved, Type I, II, or III life jacket for each passenger on board. Boats that are 16 feet in length and greater, excluding canoes and kayaks, must also carry one, Type IV throwable flotation device (such as a life ring).

Children’s Life Jacket Laws

Kentucky's Life Jacket Laws

In Kentucky, passengers 12 years of age or under are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while underway on any open boat or when on the open deck of any type of boat.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Life Jacket Law

Any person operating a PWC is required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

Towed Sports Life Jacket Law

Any person being towed behind a boat is required to wear a Coast Guard-approved, Type I, II or III life jacket.

Kentucky’s Muffler and Noise Level Laws for Boats

Kentucky law requires all boats to be equipped with effective exhaust muffling devices. Usually, boats and motors that come direct from the manufacturer are adequately muffled.

It is illegal to modify the existing muffling system of a boat if the modification results in increased noise. Additionally, there may be federal and/or local regulations which restrict boats with an over-the-transom exhaust system.

 

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