There are many different types of boats and boating equipment.

Boating Rules

There are a number of boating rules that you need to follow while on the water. These include Personal flotation devices, lighting and right of way.

About Boating

If you own a boat, it’s a good idea to learn about boating rules and regulations. These rules will help you avoid accidents and keep everyone safe. You should know when to yield to another vessel, and you should obey all port and starboard regulations to avoid collisions. You should always be aware of the weather conditions, and you should always use your best judgment when maneuvering your boat.

Right of Way

First of all, you should know that a sailing boat under sail has the right of way over a motorboat. Also, rowboats and paddle-powered boats should yield to large commercial craft. These craft have large blind spots and are not always visible to small craft.


Moreover, you should stay to the right of the mid-channel when maneuvering, and avoid cutting corners.


In addition, you should also respect the other boaters on the water, and make sure to give them ample space.


USCG regulations require that all boats carry at least one USCG-approved wearable life jacket. Larger boats (16 feet and up) must also carry a throwable device.

A life jacket must be serviceable and in good condition, and it must be clearly marked with its USCG approval number. The device should also be in an easily accessible location in case of an emergency. There are several PFD requirements in every state. In Delaware, for example, all persons operating personal watercraft (PWCs) must wear a PFD. In addition, children under the age of 12 must wear a PFD while operating their vessel. The fine for not wearing a PFD is $25. The District of Columbia also requires PFDs for boaters and passengers. However, inflatable PFDs are not required.


In addition to PFD requirements, recreational vessels must carry visual distress signals. These devices should be visible and in good condition, and can be activated day or night. The boat must also have navigation lights that are visible both above and below water. These devices must be USCG-approved for the activity they’re being used for.

In Alabama, children under the age of eight must wear a life jacket. This law also applies to those who use PWCs or who are being towed by a PWC. Anyone in these situations must wear a life jacket. Failure to comply with the requirements could lead to jail time or even prison.


While PFDs are important safety equipment, they are not a substitute for adult supervision. Adults should supervise children at all times and ensure they are wearing a life jacket or other approved PFD. An approved PFD should fit snugly, and not be over the child’s chin or ears. It should also be no longer than seven centimetres (3 inches) wide between the child’s shoulders.

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It is important to follow all the rules on the water and be aware of any rules that may not be obvious to you.

If possible, a nonmetallic pea-less whistle should be attached to the device.