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CANOES AND KAYAKS
Safety standards for Canoes and Kayaks are not regulated by the US Coast Guard. They require only a Hull Identification Number. So, are there standards for these boats that you should follow? Yes!
The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has a standard specifically for Canoes and Kayaks. This spells out standards for:
Defines what a canoe or kayak is:
The ABYC standard is H-29. Contact ABYC for a copy. http://www.abycinc.org/
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Additionally, there are the following associations dedicated to canoes and kayaks.
The Professional Paddlesports Association.
The American Canoe Association
American Whitewater http://www.americanwhitewater.org/
US Canoe/Kayak (US olympic Committee)
Are there other standards for Canoes and Kayaks?
Canadian Office of Boating Safety has regulations that apply to canoes and kayaks http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/debs/obs/construction/menu.htm
UK And EU. Canoes and Kayaks are exempted from the RCD.
Canadian Standards for Canoes or Kayaks Taken from, the ABYC standard
“ Canoe” means a watercraft, designed to be
manually propelled, with provision for auxiliary power, with neither end
having a transverse dimension greater than 45% of its maximum beam and
conforms to the following table :
The recommended maximum gross load in kilograms for canoes shall be less than or equal to that load which yields 178mm of freeboard. Freeboard shall be measured at the lowest point along the length of the canoe.
The recommended maximum number of persons is
calculated with the following formula:
188.8.131.52 The maximum number of persons shall be rounded off to the nearest whole number. If the fraction is less than 0.5, round down to the next whole integer and if the fraction is equal to or greater than 0.5, round up to the next higher whole integer.
The recommended maximum power for canoes shall be as specified in Table 4-1
Information on canoeing and kayaking is available from the
International Canoe Federation. However this does not include standards for
canoes and kayaks.
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