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Sophia's Law

Hello all boat owners & operators!!

   As you may be aware, as of 01MAY18, a new law goes into effect for all boat owners/operators for vessels operating on Minnesota waters. The new law is called "Sophia's Law" and is named after 7-year-old Sophia Baechler, who died October 2015 of carbon monoxide poisoning when the exhaust  gases leaked from a hole in a boat's exhaust pipe into the boat's cabin on Lake Minnetonka, and is in regards to the installation of CO (carbon monoxide) detectors in vessels which have a enclosed occupancy accommodations or enclosed occupancy accommodations.  

   The law mandates that any motorboat with sleeping area, galleys and other "enclosed accommodation areas" or "enclosed accommodation spaces" must have a hard-wired, marine-certified carbon monoxide detector by May 1, 2017.

   The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources estimates that about 8,000 boats will need carbon monoxide detectors under the new law.
 

   The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary performs vessels checks throughout the year for boaters, and now that it is a state requirement, you MUST have MARINE GRADE Carbon Monoxide detectors installed prior to the May 1, 2018 deadline not only in order to pass a USCG AUX Vessel Inspection, but to also be in compliance with the new MN law.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NEW LAW, PLEASE VISIT THE MN DNR WEBSITE LINK HERE: http://www.mndnr.gov