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    Paddle on boat?

    Used to be you needed a paddle on your boat. Bought a new boat and dealer says if you have a trolling motor you do not need a paddle. I looked at the KY boating regs and could not find anything. Do you need a paddle for required equipment?

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    It has been a few years since I have been checked but was asked to show them a paddle,was in my Ranger with trolling motor in plane view. This was at green.

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    I just downloaded the ky regs and did a word search and paddle only came up once and it didn't apply to your question. Paddlefish came up a bunch. I have never had one.

    The Federal - coast guard may have a regulation that boats under 16' are required to have a paddle maybe on federal waters. What the federal waters are I don't know.

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    Post Same here

    Thanks guys. I am in the same boat.

    I have been asked in the past to produce a paddle, but it was on a smaller boat. I saw nothing in the KY Boating reg. and the Coast Guard refers to your state regs for boats. My Ranger boat dealer says I do not need one. Thus I was unsure how to proceed.

    Just thought someone knew for sure one way or another. Guess I will call the local Game Warden.

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    Answer from Game Warden

    Although it's a good idea to have one on board, it is not required by law to have a paddle on your boat in Kentucky. We keep one on our patrol boats and have had to use them before when the engine broke down. I believe it is a requirement in Ohio to have an oar on board and there is a joint jurisdiction on the Ohio River...meaning Ohio DNR officers will ask to see one if you are stopped while boating on the Ohio River.

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    Throw it in the rod locker or under a bench seat or along the gunnel in a holder. It takes up a little room but may be worth its weight in gold when you need it.
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    I have two on board for "insurance". One is a small wooden paddle and the other is a plastic collapsible.

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    We always have one on our boat. It comes in handy as a push pole once in awhile.
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    Always carry a paddle,handy for snake removal,hard to pickup a snake with a fishing pole,handy for other varmits too without punching holes
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