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  Most states don't require throw rings,,,
  Posted by: guideboatguy on Nov-14-12 3:35 PM (EST)

... for canoes or kayaks longer than 16 feet, but a quick search did not clarify for me if this is the case for Colorado. The normal exemption for paddle craft only makes sense, since the law is intended for a "man overboard" situation and hauling that person back into the boat. If you fall out of your canoe or kayak, the boat has likely tipped over too so even IF you were paddling tandem and not solo, there's no one left to throw the ring to you.

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