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post #41 of 42 Old 11-01-2008
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I am sorry, the child lifejacket law says,"On April 1, 2006 a new Maryland law governing personal flotation devices (PFDs) for children goes into effect. Under the new law, if a child is less than 4 years of age or weighs under 50 pounds, the child must wear a PFD with specific additional safety features including: a strap that is secured between the child’s legs to fasten together the front and back of the PFD; an inflatable headrest or high collar to keep the child’s head above water; and a web handle to ensure the ready accessibility of the child from the vessel. Click here to see a photograph of a PFD meeting these standards and instructions on the new law. "

On another site (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/s...ionvessels.pdf) talks about general life jackets. It also says these laws are in addition to the USCG laws requiring PFD Life Jackets (Personal Flotation Device) General Life Jacket (PFD) Information Life jackets must be Coast Guard approved, in good and serviceable condition, readily
available and of appropriate size for the intended user. Throwable devices (Type IV) must
be immediately available. Though not required, a life jacket should be worn at all times
when the vessel is underway. A wearable life jacket may save your life, but only if you
wear it. If a type V life jacket is to be counted toward minimum carriage requirements,
it must be worn and may be carried instead of another type of life jacket only if used
according to the approval conditions on the label.
Life jackets are required on nonmotorized vessels including canoes and kayaks.PFDs for everyone onboard. So MD has specific laws for children and boats in additon to USCG law.

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I had the same problem. However, kids are used to being stapped-in and she took well to wearing a harness. Get a good full-body harness and she can crawl around to her hearts content, as long as you keep the tether short enough to keep her from the edge.

We have a catamaran, and the trampoline worked particularly well! Bounce, Bounce....
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