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    Wet/dry suit required by law???

    I put my GTR in the water for the first time of the year yesterday, the lake just unfroze. I wore my full wet suit,and the air temp was 70f. I was surprisingly comfortable,minus 35mph winds. Anyhow a friend of mine told me that a dry or wet suit was required by law untell the end of April. I did some searching and found nothing. I'm located in kansas,but wondering if anyone has ever heard of such laws.


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    Someone from Kansas hopefully knows more but nothing in MN requires one. You'd be silly not to when the ice just went out but no one's going to arrest you.

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    I didn't plan on not wearing one,it was just strange that he mentioned it and I've never heard anything about it. I read my boaters safety book cover to cover as to be able to know the laws should I ever be harassed by water patrol.

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    No rules like that around New York or Connecticut as far as I know. Maybe he was talking about life vests, I know for this area everyone on board any watercraft November-April must be wearing a Life Jacket at all times.

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    Yeah you'd be crazy not to have one on this time of year. Remember you can still get hypothermia in 80 degree water!

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    I think he got you early for April Fools day.....

    No one can enforce what you wear for clothing other than a PFD.....

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    I went water skiing on April 1 on a lake in Western PA about 20 years ago. There were still chunks of ice on the lake in spots. I wore a dry suit and was plenty warm, even starting in the water, except when I was done my feet were purple and really hurt from long exposure to water at around 32 degrees.

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    The guy is messing with you. As someone said the only thing a recreational rider HAS to wear is an approved life jacket oh and shorts too.

    Now is it a smart thing to do in this cold water nope. Shoes are not required either but not a smart thing to not wear either.

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    Never heard anything like that for Canada. I'm in Newfoundland use a drysuit for most of the year.

    Drysuit season: October - June
    Wetsuit season: July - Sept

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny View Post

    No one can enforce what you wear for clothing other than a PFD.....
    Agreed. In the past two years round here they've increased focus in promoting the use of PFDs and ticketing those who do not wear them, or do not have their Pleasure Craft Operators card.

    When I first started riding water I was very surprised to see such a large number of folks without PFDs. Crazy.

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