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Charter group weighs in on PFDs

The National Marine Charter Association’s board of directors approved a policy statement opposing the mandatory use of personal flotation devices.

The NMCA policy on mandatory PFD use says, in part: “Passengers on charter vessels have the distinct safety advantage of professional guidance from trained, licensed, and experienced operators and crew. A government intrusion on and regulation of this important business- customer relationship is unwarranted and unneeded, and has not been proven beneficial by any studies or empirical evidence.”