V Dept Questions & Answers - Do I need a oar or paddle? http://blogs-it.cgaux.org/vqa.php?tempskin=_atom b2evolution 2018-02-23T12:42:06Z Do I need a oar or paddle? Paul Mayer http://blogs-it.cgaux.org/vqa.php/2012/06/05/do-i-need-a-oar-or-paddle 2012-06-05T15:57:11Z 2012-06-05T15:58:46Z Question: I have heard that an oar/paddle is required safety equipment on power boats up to a certain length. I cannot find any reference to this requirement and am wondering if this is really a required item?

Answer: This was a requirement years ago, before 2000 and this is what I found:

"All boats less than 16 feet in length must carry a second method of propulsion. A paddle, oar, water ski, or other suitable device meets this requirement."

It is no longer a requirement for the award of our VSC Decal.