1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email

Boating Regulations

All boaters should know and comply with federal and state boating safety regulations and the Coast Guard Navigation Rules. Use the resources here to learn about state and federal boating safety requirements and the authority of the Coast Guard to board and inspect your boat, what safety equipment is required to pass the inspection, and the Coast Guard Navigation Rules.

Federal Boating Safety Laws
The U.S. Coast Guard is the federal regulating agency for recreational boats. As such, the Coast Guard issues boating safety recommendations and ensures the proper compliance with federal boating safety laws and equipment requirements. Here is a guide to the federal boating laws enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Law Enforcement Authority
Learn about federal boating safety requirements and the authority of the Coast Guard to board your vessel, issue citations, terminate your voyage, and charge you with negligence, gross negligence or boating while intoxicated

Registering and Numbering Your Boat
The U.S. Coast Guard requires all recreational boats to be registered in the state of their use. They also require the numbers be displayed correctly. Find out how to register and number your boat properly.

Coast Guard Boating Safety Equipment Requirements by Boat Size
The Coast Guard has different boating safety equipment requirements for recreational boats depending upon boat size. Find out the required boating safety equipment for your vessel.

Boating Safety Rules for Boats 40 to under 65 feet
Use this handy reference to comply with the USCG boating safety rules if your boat is at least 40 feet but under 65 feet.

Boating Safety Rules for Boats 26 to under 40 feet
Use this handy reference to comply with the USCG boating safety rules if your boat is at least 26 feet but under 40 feet.

Boating Safety Rules for Boats 16 to Under 26 feet
Use this handy reference to comply with the USCG boating safety rules if your boat is at least 16 feet to under 26 feet.

Boating Safety Rules for Boats Under 16 feet
Use this handy reference to comply with the USCG boating safety rules if your boat is under 16 feet.

Boat Registration Numbers
Where are the registration numbers on the boat placed? The Coast Guard has certain regulations regarding the placement of registration numbers. Find out here.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.