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For your own safety and the safety of others, we encourage you to review the following information before taking off on the open sea.
While personal watercraft are often skippered by teens and young adults, they are not toys. They are classified by the U.S. Coast Guard as Class A inboard boats (boats less than 16 feet in length). Both the craft and its operator must comply with all federal and state requirements.
Federal regulations require that personal watercraft be registered and have an identification number. The validation sticker and registration number must be displayed on the craft at all times.
State regulations vary, but may require the operator to be of a minimum age (usually 14 to 16 years old), complete a safe boating course and/or obtain an operator’s certificate. States and local jurisdictions may also regulate speed limits, hours and areas of operation.
All Class A inboard craft must carry the following items:
Following items are strongly recommended to carry or wear aboard the craft:
When purchasing a trailer, stay within recommended capacity guidelines, which include the weight of fuel and accessories in addition to the weight of the craft. Trailers come with closed or open frames. Closed frames help protect the wiring, but problems can be difficult to locate and repair. Open frames leave the wiring exposed, but make it easier to spot and repair potential problems. Open frames also drain water more easily and efficiently. Method of PWC support, the frame strength and construction, whether lights and wiring are approved for marine use, whether rollers and bunks are properly positioned and attached to the main frame for proper suspension, and the durability of the finish.
Purchase good quality tie-downs with the right type of hooks to use with your trailer.
Trailer Check List:
Drive carefully. Give other drivers plenty of warning for any maneuvers. Allow for the extra length of the car and trailer when turning and passing. Allow extra time for stopping. Pull off the road periodically to check the rig. Examine the tires and wheel bearings for signs of overheating, check the lights and test the tie-downs.
Check that all safety equipment is aboard and in proper working order.
File a float plan with a close neighbor or friend. Instruct them to alert the Coast Guard or local Search and Rescue agency if you do not arrive home when expected.
At the Launch Ramp:
In the Water
Practice before taking off:
You are required to know and obey the boating Rules of the Water. The rules can be quite complex, and a boating safety course is highly recommended. The following are a few simple guidelines for common encounters with other craft.
Non-powered craft (including sailboats under sail), commercial and fishing vessels have the right of way.
When crossing paths with another craft (with the exception of those mentioned above), the boat on the right has the right of way. If necessary, slow down to let the boat on your right continue its course, then pass behind it.
When meeting another craft head on, stay to the right so that the other boat passes to your left.
When passing another craft, the boat being overtaken has the right of way. You may pass on either side, but stay well clear of the other boat.
A capsized PWC may take on water, but it is designed not to sink.
All accidents must be reported by the owner or operator of the craft to the proper marine law enforcement authority in the state or location in which the accident occurred.
Be prepared to provide the date, time and location of the accident; the name of the person who was injured, died or disappeared; the craft name and/or number; the name and address of the craft owner and operator.
A few simple precautions can help protect your PWC from theft.
If on a Trailer:
Over half of boating-related deaths involve the use of alcohol or drugs. Normal behavior can be affected by exposure to fresh air, ultraviolet light, glare, motion and noise: adding alcohol or drugs can result in an extremely explosive situation.
Alcohol and drugs affect the body in areas that are critical to the safe operation of a watercraft. Effects include:
A BUI (Boating Under the Influence) conviction can result in a fine, imprisonment, or both. In addition, some states will revoke your driver’s license if you are apprehended for boating while intoxicated.
Play it safe. Never operate or ride on a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Take a safe boating course through the Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons. The classes are free or involve a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials. Visit BoatUS to find a class near you.