Originally Posted by slipaway
Here is what the Code of Federal Regulations say:
Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations Section 175.1 defines when the rules (including lifejacket and equipment
33 CFR 175.1. This part prescribes rules governing the use of boats on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and on the high seas beyond the territorial seas for boats owned in the United States except: (a) Foreign boats temporarily using waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction.
The CFR is really clear about how the Federal rules apply to foreign flagged vessels (they don't!), but....
There is another consideration that can confuse non-US citizens (and a lot of under educated US citizens too!), each individual state has its own rules regarding PFD
and safety gear
requirements. State rule
writers might, or might not, have been sophisticated to incorporate an exemption for foreign flagged vessels.
Now... do they REALLY have the jurisdiction to impose their state rules on a foreign flagged vessel? I don't know...
On the flip side, for the actual enforcement, no police officer I have ever dealt with ever wrote a ticket based on such a technicality when the compliance with the spirit of the rule
was so obvious. But there are always people who can piss off anybody.