Legal

CONTRACTS FOR USE

PASSENGER TICKET CONTRACT

RELEASE: LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

VOLUNTEER: CHARTER CAPTAIN

TOPICS

NAVIGATION RULES, REGULATIONS, PRIMER

GOLD NUGGETS OF WISDOM

Always operate your boat with the fool and incompetent in mind. Remember, the reckless boater ALWAYS has the right of way. NO EXCEPTIONS. Otherwise, you or your relatives will inevitably argue the legalities of the navigation rules at your hospital bed or at the funeral parlor.

The bigger boat ALWAYS has the right of way!

Boater Code of Conduct:

1. Always wear a proper and U.S.C.G. – approved personal floatation device and dress for the water and weather conditions;
2. Take a boating safety education course and know the “Rules of the Road”;
3. Be courteous to other boaters at the launch ramp; give assistance if needed;
4. Plan ahead, know the boating area, its hazards, and file a float plan;
5. Have your boat inspected and receive a Vessel Safety Check certificate;
6. Obey all boating rules and regulations;
7. Boat sober; get aboard a boat only with a qualified and sober operator;
8. Share the waterway;
9. Maintain a proper lookout;
10. Maintain a safe speed and stay alert – don’t engage in horseplay;
11. Properly load your boat;
12. Know how to anchor and prepare for emergencies;
13. Have all necessary safety equipment aboard and fully operational such as
marine radio, EPIRB, sound and visual signals, and GPS;
14. Protect the waterway and environment; don’t pollute, clean up any pollution you see and report any hazards to navigation;
15. Know your boating skills and abilities;
16. Take a First Aid course;
17. Know your vessel’s machinery and assure proper maintenance;
18. Participate in a Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Yacht Club or other
organization to maintain your skills as a safe boater.

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