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Boating safety and etiquette

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Boating safety and etiquette

Whether you’re out on the open water, anchored in a bay, or docking at a marina, practicing good boating etiquette should always be a priority.

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Whether you’re out on the open water, anchored in a bay, or docking at a marina, practicing good boating etiquette should always be a priority.

Consider these helpful tips:

  • Be aware of other vessels. Keep a safe distance when passing a slower boat. And slow your speed when being overtaken.
  • In most jurisdictions, the penalties for boating with open alcohol or while under the influence are the same as with an automobile.
  • When anchoring, leave room between boats and determine your swing radius to avoid tangled lines. Properly moor and tie down the boat to prevent damage.
  • Never stay on the water during a severe storm. Check the weather both before and during boating.
  • If you are swimming, shut off the engine and ensure no boating traffic is around you.
  • Before leaving the dock, make sure every passenger has an appropriately sized lifejacket.
  • Consider buying a separate insurance policy for your boat. A policy specific to your boat will likely include marine specific risks such as wreck removal or environmental damage.