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Boating Regulations and Seamanship

Parent Category: Boats and Watercraft
From sailboats to barges, there are laws and regulations involved with all types of vessels. Many of these regulations are for the safety of the crew, but they are also for the safety of those around them. This also includes questions about using vessels in coastal and inland waters including definitions of terms, IALA buoyage, seamanship, light and sound signals, crew and vessel safety, statutory regulations, equipment and documents.
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I had a friend get a ticket for "no wake" or "idle speed" in Virginia. He was told that Idle Speed is the slowest speed that you can go and maintain control of the boat. I guess if you have an steamship, you can go a little faster than a 14 foot Jon boat.
The Slowest speed at which headway can be made and it is still possible to maintain steering control. This can vary in rivers or any other currents, this regulation is typically applied in "no wake" zones, or within 100 feet of shore, to avoid unnatural erosion of shoreline or disruption of wildlife...
The symbol on a regulatory marker indicates rocks or other  underwater hazard is an Orange Diamond.
The symbol on a regulatory marker indicates rocks or other underwater hazard is an Orange Diamond.
When a sailboat is the overtaking vessel, she must keep clear of the powerboat. Any vessel overtaking another must stay clear of the vessel being overtaken (Rule 13). Please refer to the Navigational rules. Specifically Rules 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18. A link is provided below.
Failure to comply with boating regulations set down by the state or Coast Guard (in Navigable Rivers) while under way, constitutes reckless operation. Improper anchorage could also be construed as reckless operation if it can result in property damage or injury.
In most states, and coastal waters of the US, children must be wearing their life vests on powered vessels, (and some sailboats) at all times unless the gunwhales of the vessel are sufficiently high enough to prevent their falling overboard. This precludes most vessels under 28 feet long. {oared...
The Slowest speed at which headway can be made and it is still possible to maintain steering control. This can vary in rivers or any other currents, this regulation is typically applied in "no wake" zones, or within 100 feet of shore, to avoid unnatural erosion of shoreline or disruption of wildlife...
The Slowest speed at which headway can be made and it is still possible to maintain steering control. This can vary in rivers or any other currents, this regulation is typically applied in "no wake" zones, or within 100 feet of shore, to avoid unnatural erosion of shoreline or disruption of wildlife...
A CoE is a Certificate of Endorsement that people that work onships must have.
Virginia Department of Game and inland Fisheries, and the Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Answer .The general rule is that the close hauled vessel (regardless of tack) has right of way over vessels running. There would be exceptions. If the vessel coming downwind in a channel is so large that it must remain in the channel and the vessel beating to windward on the port tack is small...
In miami dade there is not way to pay on line the boating citation
The Slowest speed at which headway can be made and it is still possible to maintain steering control. This can vary in rivers or any other currents, this regulation is typically applied in "no wake" zones, or within 100 feet of shore, to avoid unnatural erosion of shoreline or disruption of wildlife...
When a person falls overboard, you should always have someone keepthe victim in sight. When a person falls overboard .Throw a Lifebuoy .Shout "Man Overboard" Either to Port or Starboard. .Report to the Duty Officer. .Keep the victim in sight.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is  responsible for regulating the state boating laws.
The Slowest speed at which headway can be made and it is still possible to maintain steering control. This can vary in rivers or any other currents, this regulation is typically applied in "no wake" zones, or within 100 feet of shore, to avoid unnatural erosion of shoreline or disruption of wildlife...
Virginia Department of Game and inland Fisheries, and the Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
  The Oregon State Marine Board is responsible for regulating the state boating laws in Oregon.
It is essentially the same as headway speed, or "no wake" speed. The minimum speed necessary to maintain forward motion and steering control.
The minimum speed under which headway can be made and steering control can be maintained. This produces little to no wake, protecting shorelines from artificial erosion. Typically this is 3 to 5 knots, or more in a current.
Please include a country, state, county or other in the question.
Virginia Department of Game and inland Fisheries, and the Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Producing no wake and not exceeding 5 MPH.
Virginia Department of Game and inland Fisheries, and the Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
The Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles. Go to mybmv.com
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the US Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Three short blasts of a horn indicate that a boat is using stern propulsion and is in the act of backing up.   A boat is using stern propulsion and is in the process of backing up.actually engine-room telegraph use- depending on circumstances- All Back Two Thirds ( ship is going into reverse) or...
In most states it is the Department of Public Safety, State Police. Some states have departments dedicated to boating, some are attached to environmental departments. And the US Coast Guard always has jurisdiction in coastal waters and navigable rivers.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
You start with whatever chapter your vessel is inspected under. You can find inspection books online for your type of vessel. Within the inspection book, the correct CFR is referenced.
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Division of Fish and Wildlife and the US Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Division of Fish and Wildlife and the US Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the US Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Virginia Department of Game and inland Fisheries, and the Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
Please include a country, state, country or other location in question.
Please include a country, county, state or other in the question.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Coast Guard on navigable rivers.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is responsible for regulating the state boating laws in Iowa.
When two power driven vessels are meeting or crossing, the vessel that is to the starboard (right) is the stand on vessel. The stand-on (privileged) is to maintain course and speed. Please refer to the link below on the "Stand on" vessel.
the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
The craft on the right is the "stand on" vessel, the one with the right of way, he must remain on course at speed and be prepared to avoid collision if the "make way vessel" (to port side) makes no effort to avoid or change course or speed. Avoid collisions if you are able, do not assume the...
The passengers can drink IF they are of legal age and the boat is in a wet county. There are no open container laws as in automobiles. The operator is under the same alcohol laws as an automobile driver. DO NOT OPERATE THE BOAT WHILE DRINKING!
Keep the marker to your port (left) side. Heading down stream it'll be to starboard. Usually there will be a red marker to the starboard headed upstream, and you should keep between the buoys , sometimes there will be midstream buoys, or even preferred channel markers, marking safe deep water...
This depends on the hull. Also is it a vee hull, semi vee hull, or modified vee hull? Deadrise (the angle of the vee on the hull bottom) and strakes (outward ribs running along the length of the hull's bottom) also plays a factor in the drag force. The best bet is to call the manufacturer to...
Any motorised vessel, sailboat or sailboard of 12ft or greater length requires a New Hampshire Certificate of Registration if used for more than 30 consecutive days within New Hampshire public waters.From the options given, A and C must be registered.
In Florida, those born after Jan. 1, 1988 operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWCs) must have a Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. In Georgia, any person 12-16 is required to have a Georgia Boater Education Card (also referred to as the GA Boating...
==Answer==  A sailboat has the right of way over a recreational power boat only when under sail alone and is crossing the path of the powerboat.  ==Answer==  I would expect a sailboat would always have right of way. How fast can a sailboat change direction compared to a speed boat?...
This is a channel marker, placed on the edge of a channel. Green markers will always have an odd number on them. If you are heading upstream it should be to your left. If you are heading downstream it should be to your right. It will be opposite a red marker or bouy with an even number on it. To aid...
There is really no minimum age. As long as the child can read the exam and understand the exam, they are permitted to write it. We do not recommend that children or young adults challenge the exam without taking a classroom course or home study course first.
The boat honking is intending to turn to port - its left.
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Aside from "no wake zones" and other areas with a posted speed limit, the intracoastal waterway does not have "speed limits". However, all boaters are required to operate their vessels in a "safe a prudent manner". That may be up for interpretation, but if you cause an injury or death by zipping...
Generally the more maneuverable vessel gives way, but this question  can not be answered quickly and still cover safe boat operation.  please visit the US coast guard, boatus, or uspowersquadron  websites for detailed explanations, examples, and animations to  this question.   Happy boating.
If your boat runs aground, check to see if anyone's hurt, and render assistance as necessary.
There are various reasons, like the depth of water being enough toensure the boat is not run aground. Knowing the tides can alsodetermine times when it is safe for a boat to dock or leave a portor harbour. Tidal currents can be dangerous too. They can also beused to help a boat on its journey.
A flashing amber light means approach the lock at a safe speed and  under full control.
No life jacket should be loose for adult or child. Looseness meansthe person could be separated from the jacket, especially in wavesor swift waters.
Coast Guard rules and regulations are designed to be sensible and to allow many boaters to safely operate in the same waters.
Anything that looks reckless, like swerving at the last minute to  avoid a collision, driving faster than is allowed, not being  careful of swimmers and other vessels, etc.
Because tides cause currents which the sailor must be aware of and  they also change the depth of the water under the boat. Sailors  must ensure that they do not ground.
The plimsoll line is a reference mark painted on the bow of a ship.  If the line is below the water level, the ship is overloaded. There  are lines for when on fresh water and when on salt water.
They intend to pass starboard side to starboard side.
Before beginning a long outing on eh water, always tell someone who is NT going with you where you intend to be, and when.
Vertical white with an orange diamond, and orange bands above and below the diamond,
Personal Watercraft (PWC)     Fishing boats        Recreational powerboats        Military or naval craft    
Two short blast shows the intention to direct the course of their  vessel to their own port (left).
Since 1920, it is the hull classification for a Destroyer.
If the sailboat has a motor and is using it, it should give way to  any only-sail vessel. In general, sailboats have right of way over  motorboats. Exceptions are when the other boat or ship is too large  to be maneuverable (such as in channels), is having difficulty, or  is being overtaken by...