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January 18, 2022

What are boat operators responsible for?

What are boat operators responsible for?


As the boat operator, you are responsible for the safety of your passengers and for maintaining and operating your boat legally and safely. Be mindful that technology continues to vie for our attention and distracted boating is increasingly becoming a problem. And just like driving a car and texting, you shouldn’t be texting while operating a boat.

The vessel operator is responsible for acting in a prudent and reasonable manner consistent with the ordinary practices of boating.

• Stay active.
• Stay alert.
• Respect the weather, the water, your passengers, fellow boaters, divers, swimmers, and property owners.

Also, it’s a good idea to have a plan, whether you have a specific destination in mind or just intend to cruise. Be sure to brief your passengers on routine and emergency responsibilities before you leave the dock.

• Everybody wears a life jacket, all the time, no exceptions
• Point out locations of fire extinguishers
• Explain danger areas around the prop
• Assign lookouts to help you drive the boat safely

Remember, you are required to use every available means, including radar and radio (if equipped), to determine whether there is any risk of collision with another vessel. This is not only common sense, it is the law. Keep in mind, the more educated our boaters become, the safer the fun in the water is for everyone.

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