I wonder if or when this will reach the recreational boating community.
From National Fisherman:
The Loud Hailer
Life raft requirements
Coast Guard crew members use a boat hook to pull in an empty life raft during a 2013 rescue. David Weydert/USCG photo.
Southeast Alaska fishermen taking their small boats further than three miles offshore will soon be required to have a life raft on board, says the Coast Guard.
Starting Feb. 26, boats under 36 feet will be required to carry an inflatable life raft.
Coast Guard officials were traveling throughout the region in early February to answers questions and address concerns about the new rules, as well as offering free dockside inspections.
Some fishermen at these meetings were concerned about not being able to order and have a raft on their boat before the deadline. According to Alaska Public Media reports, Jim Paul, the Coast Guard’s fishing vessel examiner in Ketchikan, said fishermen would get a 60-day extension if they could prove with a receipt that they had ordered one.
Anyone out fishing without a raft after the deadline could be sent back to port with a potentially hefty fine.