Kansas Boating Safety
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Boating While Intoxicated
Kansas Boating Safety Contacts
Clean Vessel Pumpout Stations
Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Electrical circuits have special problems in the marine environment. Some Kansas boaters have had direct experience with stray current. As you can imagine, stray current can pose a danger to those who work and play around them. Sources of alternating current (AC) can be ship to shore power, on-board AC generator, or an inverter.
In fresh water, leakage current spreads out on the water in all directions seeking earth ground. This means that anyone swimming in the field that is created is subject to electrical shock. It is best not to be in the water around boats that are using ship to shore power, on-board AC generators, or inverters.
To protect yourself and those who boat with you look into to following for your boat: a galvanic isolator; an insolation transformer; a hand-held reverse polarity detector; or install a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Make sure your boat is wired properly by a licensed marine electrician. Always use marine-grade properly sized, wiring.
|Kansas and federal
boating laws are presented in a summarized form. The laws in their entirety can be found
by consulting Kansas State Law. These laws are subject to change. It is the responsibility
of the operator to be aware of the most current laws when using a boat.
Certain bodies of water in Kansas may have local restrictions as to type and size of watercraft or motor horsepower, restricted use areas, boat speed, and times for use. Check with the local authorities for these additional restrictions.
Kansas Boating Education Coordinator
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks