Delaware SUP Laws

  • PFD Requirement:  You must have one PDF on board per person Children under 12 must wear at all times, All length vessels
  • Approved life jackets: USCG-approved Type I, II, or III, or Type V
  • Alcohol Law – Title 23, Chapter 23 of the Delaware Code identifies an exemption from BUI (Boating Under the Influence) laws for devices moved by human power. For motorized kayaks and canoes a blood alcohol level of 0.08% is illegal and is considered BUI.
  • Lights: at least one lantern or flashlight shining a white light. When away from the dock between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility
  • Sounding Devices – Vessels less than 39.4 feet. need a whistle or horn to use as a sounding device.
  • Visual Distress Signaling – On federally controlled waters, all vessels are required to carry U.S. Coast Guard-approved night VDS devices when operating between sunset and sunrise. Manually propelled vessels are exempt from carrying day signaling devices.
  • Registration – vessels without mechanical propulsion, like kayaks and canoes, are exempted from registration.
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