Question: Is a PFD for a PWC operator required to be strength tested to 100mph if the PWC can exceed 50mph? Most life vests are rated at 50mph, but my ski will exceed 60mph.
Answer: Not required but recommended that the PFD should be strength tested for 100 MPH. Keep in mind, that is the test of the PFD and you don't want to think of that rating as a "human safety" function as the label states "Not tested for personal protection from impact."
However, for award of the VSC Decal, our instructions say: "For Personal Watercraft riders, the PFD must be worn. An impact rating is recommended, but not required."