Important FAQ Update

Q: What's going on with regulations regarding rigid life floats?

Dear Customer,

     I would like to inform you of an update in the regulations regarding rigid life floats.  The US Coast Guard has extended the production cutoff date until January 2016, which is two (2) additional years to the date previously given. 

At this point, we are still in full production and have no intentions of ceasing production in the foreseeable future.  As indicated in the below attachment from the US Coast Guard, Congress may do away with this mandate all together.  This information was given to us as per Jacqueline Yurkowich, Office of Design and Engineering Standards with the US Coast Guard, in Washington D.C.

The attached document is from the 2012 Coast Guard Authorization Act and is the source for the above stated information. 




Charlene R. Gaddis
Owner / President


Section 3104 of title 46, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in subsection (b) by striking ‘January 1, 2015’ and inserting ‘the date that is 30 months after the date on which the report described in subsection (c) is submitted’; and
(2) by adding at the end the following:
‘(c) Report- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Commandant of the Coast Guard shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the carriage of survival craft that ensures no part of an individual is immersed in water, which shall include--
‘(1) the number of casualties, by vessel type and area of operation, as the result of immersion in water reported to the Coast Guard for each of fiscal years 1991 through 2011;
‘(2) the effect the carriage of such survival craft has on--
‘(A) vessel safety, including stability and safe navigation; and
‘(B) survivability of individuals, including persons with disabilities, children, and the elderly;
‘(3) the efficacy of alternative safety systems, devices, or measures;
‘(4) the cost and cost effectiveness of requiring the carriage of such survival craft on vessels; and
‘(5) the number of small businesses and nonprofit entities that would be affected by requiring the carriage of such survival craft on vessels.’.

     Jacqueline Yurkovich further adds that, “Basically, the 2012 Coast Guard Auth Act requires the Coast Guard to submit a report in the next six months, and delays the effective date of the statute to 30 months after the report is submitted (roughly 1 Jan 2016 – assuming Congress doesn’t decide to scrap it altogether after getting the report.”

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