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Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:05:23 PM »
Hey crew,

Anyone have any recent data on whether or not Sheriff or anyone else is enforcing the PFD thing when paddling around the harbor or beyond?

Thanks!
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2020, 03:04:46 PM »
Last time I paddled distance down there they were enforcing it. During the winter they rarely say anything. But with spring and summer it give Harbor Patrol something to do.
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 04:18:46 PM »
Last time I paddled distance down there they were enforcing it. During the winter they rarely say anything. But with spring and summer it give Harbor Patrol something to do.

Thanks Talldude!

My wife and her friend just did some laps...I'm wondering what kinda trouble they got in.
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2020, 04:35:25 PM »
Don't worry. I've never seen anyone actually get a ticket. It's just a turn around and head back to the beach and get one. I have a bunch of extra belt type PFD's for family SUP outings, but I also bring a few of the cheap orange life preservers and tie them to the leash loop. That way anyone can just take one of my all around boards out. They crack down on you quick on Lake Tahoe as well. 
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2020, 06:20:05 PM »
Last week when I was launching the LG was on the shoreline and checking everyone. Mine waist PFD was behind my board I was carrying at my waist, and when he was in ear shot he let me know I needed one, and the Sheriff were stopping folks out there...once I lifted my board to show him we was cool. But then yesterday I launched on the north end where there was no one checking, and had inadvertently forgot the PFD in my van, and was passed by two patrol boats who didn't say a thing...was honestly quite surprised, but happy to not be hassled....again.
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2020, 12:45:10 PM »
They did a few loops and didn't have a problem. She said the Sheriff boat passed twice also.

They got away with it this time at least...
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2020, 05:50:46 PM »
On a different day with a different sheriff in a different mood the results may vary.

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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2020, 07:20:11 PM »
Times must be a changing. The Sheriff's boat was posted up at the end of Westwind Sailing dock, and I figured that were turning around those w/o PFDs who'd just launched at the beach there. But nope, several SUPers on inflatables w/o PFDs, leashes, or anything but a paddle in hand cruised 20-30' past the bow of their boat, and neither of the two Sheriffs inside said a word. So the three days I've been out this week, and not a single stop by any patrol boat to talk with any paddler. Amazing... :o

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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2020, 01:40:36 PM »
Is it just me, or does the reference to Sheriff, so many times in a discussion about paddling, seem unsettling or out of place?

I have never seen a Sheriff on the water.... only once or twice have I even seen a harbormaster in 10 years on the water.... and they never even notice me.

I don't like the idea of armed law enforcement doing such benign work as PFD enforcers.
Yes, safety is something people need to learn about when they venture into waterworld, but a lifeguard in an inflatable would be a better solution than a Sheriff, IMO
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2020, 04:10:05 PM »
Is it just me, or does the reference to Sheriff, so many times in a discussion about paddling, seem unsettling or out of place?



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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2020, 04:57:46 PM »
I used to paddle loops around the harbor in the evenings on my flat water unlimited (which I need to start doing again). For a while I didn't wear my PFD. Then one evening the Harbor Patrol stopped me and asked me to" wear a PFD to set an example for the beginners". They know I paddle there all the time and have been for years. I said 'No problem'. I've been wearing it ever since. It may have a water bottle in it instead of a PFD, but I'm setting a good example.
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2020, 05:08:22 PM »
I used to paddle loops around the harbor in the evenings on my flat water unlimited (which I need to start doing again). For a while I didn't wear my PFD. Then one evening the Harbor Patrol stopped me and asked me to" wear a PFD to set an example for the beginners". They know I paddle there all the time and have been for years. I said 'No problem'. I've been wearing it ever since. It may have a water bottle in it instead of a PFD, but I'm setting a good example.

The intent is there.  ;)
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2020, 05:11:56 PM »
Many winters ago and mid-week, I capsized a small boat on a windy day.  I couldn't get it back up.  After a few minutes struggling, a harbor patrol boat showed up to help.  It didn't bother me that they were armed.  They had the skill and knowledge I needed at the time.

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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2020, 05:31:33 PM »
Many winters ago and mid-week, I capsized a small boat on a windy day.  I couldn't get it back up.  After a few minutes struggling, a harbor patrol boat showed up to help.  It didn't bother me that they were armed.  They had the skill and knowledge I needed at the time.
You got to know how to right your boat Steve. Come on..
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Re: Are PFDs being enforced in Dana Point?
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2020, 05:50:29 PM »
Yeah.  It was like a Laser, but with a lot more sail area.  And it was the first day I ever sailing it.
I did learn.  One race,  I capsized 4 times and still finished third.  Yes there were more than 3 boats.

 


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