The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Department of Homeland Security sets forth the guidelines of boat charter rules, which applies to foreign flagged vessels and U.S. flagged vessels. These guidelines ensure the safety of passengers, as well as the validity of the boating industry and fall into four main categories:
Read more about these categories to determine how the boat charter rules apply to you and your boat.
Rule number one when boating: apply common sense. Rule number two when boating: don’t operate the vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol (if you’re following rule number one this shouldn’t be a problem).
On a boat you should use the same care that you do when in a car and you should always apply common sense. More often than not, if you stop and think about the situation, your common sense and intuition will likely lead you in the right direction (again, assuming you’re sober). Never forget that while boating is fun there is always an element of danger. The phrase, “never underestimate mother nature” is popular for a reason. Don’t test your luck when on the water because you likely won’t be lucky more than once.
According to the USCG the following boat charter rules are the most violated by boat charter owners:
In addition to the general safety regulations, boat charter captains must also acknowledge and abide by the following rules (some according to law):
Read more about general boating safety tips.
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