Addresses of all state boating agencies are listed in “A
Boater’s Guide”. For a free copy, write to: National Ma-
rine Manufacturers Association, 401 N. Michigan Av-
enue, Chicago, IL 60611.
D. Laws and Regulations
The U.S. Coast Guard is the authority of the waterways;
they are there to help the boating public. State boating
regulations are enforced by local authorities. You are
subject to marine traffic laws and “Rules of the Road”
for both federal and state waterways; you must stop if
signaled to do so by enforcement officers, and permit to
be boarded if asked.
There are many pamphlets, prepared by the Coast
of the Road,” signal lights, buoys, safety, international
and inland regulations and other information which goes
beyond the scope of this manual. For more information
Guard Boating Safety Hotline at 1-800-368-5647.
Figure A1: HIN
A - 13 INSURANCE
A - 12 BOAT OWNER REGISTRATION
In most states, the boat owner is legally responsible for
damages or injuries he or she causes, even if someone
else is operating the boat at the time of the accident.
Common sense dictates that you carry adequate per-
sonal liability and property damage insurance on your
boat, just as you would on an automobile. You should
physical damage or theft.
Federal and state laws require that every boat equipped
with propulsion machinery of any type must be regis-
tered in the primary state of usage. Registration num-
bers and validation stickers must be displayed on the
boat according to regulations. In most states, this means
registration with the designated state agency. In a few
jurisdictions, the Coast Guard retains registration au-
thority. Your dealer will either supply registration forms
or tell you where they may be obtained.The registration
agency will issue you a certificate that must be carried
on board when the boat is in use. Some states require
additional registration when an out of state boat is used
within their boundaries.
A - 14 ACCIDENT REPORTING
The operator of the boat is responsible for filing a report
with the appropriate authorities. In general, reports are
necessary for accidents involving loss of life, injury, or
damage over $500. In the case of accidents with report-
able injuries or death, a formal report is required within
Your boat has a hull identification number on the star-
board side of the hull. FigureA1 shows a typical identifi-
cation number. Use this hull identification number for
registration and to identify your boat for warranty ser-
hours. If only property damage is involved, a report
must be made within ten days.The 1971 Boating Safety
Act may impose a $1,000 civil fine for people who fail to
submit a boating accident report. Ask your insurance
agent for more information.
If you see a distress signal, you must assume it is a real
ter or person in charge of a boat is obligated by law to
provide assistance to any individual in danger at sea.
However, you should not put your boat or crew in a dan-
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