Safe Boating Reminders

Boating laws differ somewhat from laws on the land. For the most part maritime laws are more lenient. However safety laws are strictly enforced. The list below will help you to better understand the maritime environment and fully enjoy your day on the water.

  1. This and all vessels sailed upon United States waters are operated in accordance to laws established and enforced by the United States Coast Guard as sanctioned by the National Security Administration. Activities or behavior that may endanger any passenger, crew member or vessel are strictly forbidden. It is solely up to the captain of the vessel to determine the safety of the vessel and crew. Violation of these rules can result in instant termination of the cruise without refund and may result in legal action. The decision of the captain is final.

  2. All persons aboard are responsible for the safe conduct of the boat and passengers, and, must at all times assist the skipper and helms man to that end.

  3. All persons on deck must maintain watch for any other boats, buoys, barges, logs, floating debris, within ¼ mile, or any thing that seems unusual on board and report it to the skipper immediately. When in doubt – shout !!!

  4. Non-swimmers, or persons who are not strong swimmers are encouraged to wear life jackets and be able to put one on by themselves.

  5. If anyone falls overboard they are in serious trouble. Immediately throw the square flotation devices into the water, then assign a spotter and yell out man overboard.

  6. Boat has 2 bathrooms on forward, one aft. Press and release the black button on the cabinet to flush. Please do not put food, or or any other items into the toilets. Toilet paper is allowed, flush frequently to avoid an accumulation of paper in the bowl.

  7. Turn off water in the bathrooms after using faucets.

  8. If you are prone to seasickness or start feeling ill, do NOT go below. Going below decks always makes seasickness much worse. If you do get sick, do so over the side of the boat and have someone hold on to you. Standing up reduces seasickness, try NOT to hold on to the boat, rather keep your own balance and stand on the moving deck as though you would stand on skis, or standing while riding a horse, or while standing up to ride a bike. Latching your body to the moving boat increases the chance of seasickness. Do hold on, but don’t move with the boat.

  9. When going down the companionway turn around and climb down the ladder backwards holding on to the hand holds inside the door.

  10. Watch out for the BOOM, Winches, and Lines. If you are in the cockpit forward of the steering wheel,  the boom will hit you. Never turn your back to the boom, always keep an eye on it as it can move rapidly and unexpectedly.

  11. When moving about the boat- ALWAYS use one hand to hang on to the hand railings or lifelines, as the boat may move unexpectedly.

  12. During cruises life jackets are kept in vinyl bags for and aft. Additional jackets are in the locker in the forward cabin, starboard side.

  13. Fire extinguishers are located near the stair leading to the rear cabin, and the stair leading to the galley.

  14. First aid kits are located in the cabinet in the forward head.

  15. If an emergency should arise, dial 911 on your cell phone.

  16. Alcohol is permitted for the passengers on the boat. There are no open container laws on boats. No illegal drugs are allowed. Clothing is optional west of the golden gate bridge or north of paradise cay.

 

 

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