IS A SUP A BOAT?
Many boaters want to know: Is the SUP in their arsenal of toys actually a boat? The answer is yes, depending on where you use one. The Coast Guard has stated that unless used in a swimming, surfing or bathing area, a paddleboard “is a vessel under 46 U.S.C. 2101 and therefore subject to applicable regulations administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.” This means SUP users, unless on or near the beach, are subject to the same safety and navigation rules as regular boaters.