All of our boats are supplied with the Proper Safety Equipment When Rented. Although it is up to each passenger to use them and apply COMMON SCENE when driving or as a passenger in the boat.
Rules of Thumb
Follow the Channel Markers
Our Waters are Coastal Waters So The Depth Of The Water Changes With The Tides & River Conditions
When Drinking Alcohol Beverages
The Same DUI & DWI Laws Apply to the Driver so Have a Designated Driver
To Avoid Injuries Never Dive Off The Boat
Sail Boats & Wildlife have the RIGHT-OF-WAY There are Posted Manatee Areas
Please Adjust Your Speed Accordingly
There are two sets of navigation rules; inland and international. A nautical chart will show you the demarcation lines where the rules change from international to inland and vice versa. In general, these demarcation lines follow the coastline and cross inlets and bays. On the seaward side of the demarcation lines, international rules apply.
We will concentrate on the inland rules, since most of your recreational boating will occur
on the landward side of the demarcation lines.
The Nav Rules are written with the understanding that not all boats can maneuver with the same ease. Therefore, Rule 18 states that certain vessels must keep out of the way of other vessels due to their ability to maneuver.
A power driven vessel underway must keep out of the way of the following
A Sailing Vessel, under sail only, and vessels propelled by oars or paddles. Note: When a sailboat has its motor running, it is considered a power driven vessel.
A Vessel Engaged in Fishing, whose fishing equipment restricts its maneuverability. This does not include a sport fisher or party boat and generally means a commercial fishing vessel.
A Vessel with Restricted Maneuverability such as a dredge or tow boat, a boat engaged in work that restricts it to a certain area or a vessel transferring supplies to another vessel.