Keeping Your Boat Legal – The Boating Legal Guide


Part of the Fine Edge Nautical Knowledge Series
By Curt Epperson – Attorney at Law


INTRODUCTION

SECTION 1: IMPORTANT BASIC VESSEL INFORMATION

SECTION 2: VESSEL OWNERSHIP, INCOME TAXES, U.S. COAST GUARD DOCUMENTATION, AND STATE REGISTRATION

A. Vessel Ownership
B. Income Taxes and Boat Ownership
C. Vessel Documentation and Registration
D. State Registration
E. Vessel Documents
F. Vessel Log Book

SECTION 3: RECREATIONAL BOAT INSURANCE

A. The Basics of Boat Insurance
B. Insurance Agency and Company Information

SECTION 4: PERSONAL INFORMATION TO KEEP ON YOUR BOAT

SECTION 5: VESSEL SURVEY AND REPAIR INFORMATION

A. Vessel Survey
B. Repair Information to Keep on Your Boat

SECTION 6: VESSEL NAVIGATION RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

A. The Rules Of The Road
B. Aids to Navigation
C. Lights and Signals
D. Navigation Charts
E. Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)
F. Penalties and Fines
G. Security Zones and Restrictions
H. Port Closures and Restrictions

SECTION 7: OPERATION AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

A. U.S. Requirements for Safety Equipment on Your Boat
B. VHF Radio Regulations
C. Alcoholic Beverages and Vessel Operation
D. Accident Reporting
E. Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets)
F. Fire Extinguishers
G. Other Equipment Regulations

SECTION 8: CROSSING THE BORDER

A. General Considerations for Border Crossings
B. Navigating U.S. Immigrations and Customs Upon Returning to the United States
C. Visiting Canada by Boat
D. Visiting Mexico by Boat
E. Visiting the Bahamas by Boat

SECTION 9: UNITED STATES POLLUTION REGULATIONS

SECTION 10: MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION AND OTHER WILDLIFE

A. Marine Mammals
B. Other U.S. Environmental Regulations

SECTION 11: MARINE LAW ENFORCEMENT

SECTION 12: THE BASICS OF CHARTERING

SECTION 13: BOATING ETIQUETTE, TOWING, AND SALVAGE

A. Boating Etiquette
B. Towing and Salvage

SECTION 14: STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS

SECTION 15: EQUIPMENT INFORMATION AND SPECIFICATIONS TO KEEP ABOARD

SECTION 16: FREE BOOKLETS, PAMPHLETS, AND INFORMATION

APPENDIX

Section 1: Important Basic Vessel Information
Section 2: Vessel, Ownership, Income Taxes, U.S. Coast Guard Documentation, and State Registration
Section 3: Recreational Boat Insurance
Section 4: Personal Information to Keep on Your Boat
Section 5: Vessel Survey and Repair Information
Section 6: Vessel Navigation Rules and Requirements.
Section 7: Operation and Safety Requirements
Section 8: Crossing the Border
Section 9: United States Pollution Regulations
Section 10: Marine Mammal Protection and Other Wildlife
Section 11: Marine Law Enforcement
Section 12: The Basics of Chartering
Section 13: Boating Etiquette, Towing, and Salvage
Section 14: State Laws and Regulations
Section 15: Equipment Information and Specifications to Keep Aboard

GLOSSARY OF NAUTICAL TERMS

BOATING ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES

REFERENCES

INDEX

 

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