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Hey y'all,

Quick intro: Coastie here, stationed in Wisconsin about 30min outside Milwaukee. Originally a surfer from Florida. Just got stationed here from Hawaii. Spent some time overseas in Japan/China/Russia and now back stateside!

First waverunner ever owned, but no stranger to the Rotax engine. Previous owned boats include: Yamaha SX230, Sea-Doo Challenger 180 S/C, American Skier and Boston Whaler Outrage 32'

Hope to learn some tips and tricks about our skis and help anyone out on the lake if y'all are ever in a bind! Rememeber, CH16 is a distress frequency and we can track your position instantly if you key up. So when in trouble, just give us a shout :D

 

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Welcome,
It's good news that we have a fellow Spark owner that is also in the Coast Guard. Hope you enjoy the riding.

Thank you very much! I'm already loving my Spark. And like I said, any way I can be of assistance to y'all on here just let me know, whether it be boating laws or search and rescue (SAR). Look forward to cruising with more Spark owners! And hopefully when I'm home on leave I can meet up with ya and go for a cruise...I have a house in Tarpon Springs, FL!
 
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Welcome to the forum! Glad to hear that you have some expert knowledge for all of us.

Do you know if the laws for towing a tube or wakeboard are consistent across all states, or do they vary?
 

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They do change from state to state, and sometimes from county to county. The Coast Guard only deals with federal waterways (in Wisconsin that includes the Great Lakes, the Fox River and Lake Winnebago). However, if you give me the state you are in I'd be glad to put in a call to the locals and get you the information you need.

It might not be a bad idea to make a sticky of cities/states and their towing regulations. I'd be glad to post up the Wisconsin ones that I know of (Waukesha/Milwaukee counties). And, if everyone would like, I'd be glad to put out a message to the locals and get their regulations. Just send me your city/state and I'd be glad to contact their LE/DNR agents to get the exact laws from them :cool:
 

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I live in NH, and know the laws here, but I'm on the border of ME and can't seem to find them there.

In NH you need 1 spotter per towed person, and one empty seat per towed person. Can't just use mirrors.

If anyone knows maine's laws, I'd love to know about them.
 

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I live in NH, and know the laws here, but I'm on the border of ME and can't seem to find them there.

In NH you need 1 spotter per towed person, and one empty seat per towed person. Can't just use mirrors.

If anyone knows maine's laws, I'd love to know about them.

Placed a call to our contact at the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (IF&W), which is Maine's version of the DNR....the IF&W agent sent me this:

Per Chapter 13: Watercraft Regulations

13.06 Waterskiing

"No person shall operate any watercraft on anywaters of this State towing a person or persons on water skis, surfboard orother similar devices unless there is in such watercraft a person at least 12 years of age, in addition to the operator, who is in a position to continually observe the person or persons being towed unless the watercraft is equipped with a wide-angle rear view mirror and is operating in a regulation slalom course (as defined by the Bureau of Parks and Lands of the Department of Conservation)."

I hope this helps and I will relay anymore information given from his department :cool:
 

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Glad to help, RunItTwice!

And to GizmoK: No, I didn't come over from that site. I just did a search for forums regarding our skis and did a bit of lurking to be sure I wanted to join in. Great people and great information along with a very active forum made me decide to join!

I'll help in any way I can, and if I'm unable to I will certainly be able to get in contact with the right source(s) to help get answers :cool:
 

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welcome aboard sergio, we have much in common. I too have a fondness for the soccer mom ;) Congrats on the new sparkler, and a big thanks to all y'all who serve our safety daily!
 

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welcome aboard sergio, we have much in common. I too have a fondness for the soccer mom ;) Congrats on the new sparkler, and a big thanks to all y'all who serve our safety daily!
Hey thanks, BTMG! Glad to meet a fellow lover of soccer moms :D! And thank you for the support....that means the most to us in the service!
 
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