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Whats the deal with "Water Skiing Flags"?
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posted 02-13-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)
While in the library last night, reading the most recent Overton's catalog, I saw a couple of references to water ski flags. Some had spring loaded masts, which allowed you to press a trigger and pop up the flag? Do I assume correctly, that you pop this thing up when you are engaged in skiing? Or, just when they are down in the water, and the boat is retreiving them? I must have slept through this lesson in Power Squadron Class.
posted 02-13-2002 11:03 AM ET (US)
I think they're for skiiing after dark.
(It's a joke).
posted 02-13-2002 11:19 AM ET (US)
Your state may or may not require a flag when tubing and water skiing check the regulations. There is no federal regulation.
Most states now require its use along with an observer which must be 12 or older and not the operator of the boat.
posted 02-13-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)
In NJ you have to fly an orange flag if you are skiing.
posted 02-13-2002 12:35 PM ET (US)
I have "argued" with water cops on several occasions, most states say show the flag when skier or rope is in the water, i show it even when the skier is skiing, as far as i am concerned they are still in the water since they are not in the boat,,,never slost the argument yet
posted 02-13-2002 03:53 PM ET (US)
Colorado requires a flag when the skier is down, and requires an observer. They do not specify any requirement for the observer.
I rafted up with a couple last year that had their 2 year old and their Laborador Retriever in the boat. They had just moved to Colorado from Atlanta and were wondering which of the two (the kid or the dog) would be the better observer. Seriously.
Since we were pretty close to Boulder, I suspect that the dog would have been acceptable, but that the child would have been legal.
posted 02-13-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)
In California the ski flag is shown when the
skier or rope is in the water, but not skiing.
From the California Code of Regulations:
In other words, it's illegal to display the
posted 02-13-2002 05:35 PM ET (US)
In Washington state, it appears that it is left to local goverments... a quick web search found the requirement for Watcom county, Richland but it does not appear for Redmond in the water safety code.
BTW, water skiing after dark, not allowed. Snow skiing after dark: encouraged.
posted 02-13-2002 10:05 PM ET (US)
Here in Washington they are known as skier down flags and that is when they are displayed.
posted 02-13-2002 10:23 PM ET (US)
Triblet,,as it says in line 3 3) A ski line extended from the vessel
I personaly think let a boat coming from ahead see the flag and know there is a ski line,,,and a skier behind the boat,,
no regulation says take the flag down when the skier is up and skiing,,
Just one of my personal quirks,,,read into rules what they say,AND what they dont say,,
posted 02-13-2002 11:43 PM ET (US)
Use the flag when the skiier is in the water, and not skiing (such as setup and retreival) or whenever the tow rope is in the water.
Night skiing must be very exciting, but dangerous as well (even with lights). I remember an old tee shirt saying, "When life gets boring, risk it!" I am too conservative today to follow that motto and night ski. Boring.
posted 02-14-2002 12:22 AM ET (US)
JohnAz, what's important is that it doesn't
say "when towing a water skiier". If they
meant that, they woulda said it.
posted 02-15-2002 07:23 AM ET (US)
My other boat is a Mastercraft, so I spend a lot of time skiing behind the boat and paying attention to the rules.
Use the flag at all times when participating in skiing! Skier up, skier down, whatever! When you see a boat moving along and you notice the flag the first thing you do is look back to find the skier. It is a signal, a warning, just like you should use when towing another vessel. Note the line in the previous comment,
My 2cents, why would a cop argue that you had a flag up while a skier was under way? Doesn't make sense. "I'm sorry sir, you're being given a ticket for being too safety concious."
"A ski line extended from the vessel"- that means whether its in the skiers hands or laying in the water.
Go, ski, be happy, and if you're ever in NJ you can come get dragged along behind a mastercraft with an orange flag flying boldly.
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