Understanding Boat Laws
Expert Article By: Arpit Sharma
There are certain a Boating law which has been implied other that the common safety rules and regulations. Some of these are as follows:-
? All boats with motors over 50 horsepower and all personal watercraft must have a minimum of $50,000 liability insurance before operating on the waters of Arkansas.
? Proof of insurance is required in order to register a boat or renew a registration.
? Boat liveries (marinas) must carry a minimum $500,000 in liability coverage.
? Operators must be at least 14 years old to operate a personal watercraft without supervision. Persons 12 and 13 years old may operate with someone at least 18
Years on board. Persons under 12 must have someone at least 21 years old on board in a position to take immediate control of the personal watercraft.
? Operators can not exceed 10 miles per hour within 100 feet of the rear of another boat or personal watercraft and within 50 feet of either side of another boat or personal watercraft.
? Operating at a greater than no-wake speed within 100 feet of an anchored or moored vessel, shoreline, dock pier, swim float, marked swim area, swimmer, surfer, person engaged in angling or any manually propelled vessel is prohibited.
? Personal watercraft operators must have an observer 12 years of age or older to tow a skier. Mirrors are not allowed for skiing on personal watercraft. Also the personal watercraft must be able to accommodate the operator, observer and person being towed. Personal watercraft must be designed for a minimum of three persons in order to tow skiers.
? Personal watercraft cannot be operated from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise. Running lights do not exempt personal watercraft from this.
? The personal watercraft operator is required to wear the engine cut-off lanyard (kill switch) securely attached to his/her person, clothing, or personal flotation device at all times while operating.
? Becoming airborne while jumping the wake of another vessel while operating a personal watercraft, within 100 feet of that vessel, is prohibited.
? No person who owns a personal watercraft or who has charge over or control of a personal watercraft may authorize or knowingly permit the personal watercraft to be operated in violation of the personal watercraft law.
? Liveries are required to have renters view a state-approved personal watercraft video prior to operating a personal watercraft.
About The Author
Arpit Sharma is the webmaster of the site Boat Dealers on which he is currently working on. In his leisure time he likes to listen music and reading books.