Did you know that just as there are “rules of the road” as it pertains to highway travel, there are also “rules of the river (or lake, or ocean)” for boaters? Adhering to these rules helps you stay safe on the water and ensures you’re not rubbing other boaters the wrong way in the process. Whether you’re new to recreational boating and fishing or have been enjoying your time on the water for years, there’s never a bad time to review the basics of boating etiquette.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled some essential boating etiquette tips:
- Learn the laws. Keep in mind, online refresher guidance cannot replace the content within a boater’s safety course – or a review of the laws and regulations present on your local waters. Learn the laws wherever you go to ensure you’re remaining within regulations.
- Stock safety equipment. You’re the captain – you are responsible for supplying all the necessary safety equipment you’ll need. Ensure you are following local and state regulations and have adequate safety equipment for all on board.
- Follow ramp guidelines. Respectful boating begins when you’re entering the water. If you’re utilizing public access ramps, make sure your boat, accessories, and all people are ready before you get in line to launch.
- Be respectful with your wake. High speeds mean significant wake, which can disturb fishers, cause choppy waters for other boaters, and throw water onto a nearby shoreline. Follow all posted speed and wake guidelines and stay at least 200 feet from the shoreline and other boaters.
- Respect the environment. Ensure that whatever supplies and trash you produce while on the water is also packed out when it’s time to leave. In addition, secure anything that may blow overboard to avoid leaving trash and debris on the water.
- Keep it down. Whether you’re playing tunes onboard, chatting and relaxing with friends, or towing a group of excitable tubers, it’s important to keep your volume respectful. Sound gets amplified over the water, and excessive noise can disturb another boat’s spotter, causing safety issues.
- Learn the signs. Become familiar with local waterway navigation etiquette and signage so you’ll know which direction you can travel, the speed and wake allowed, and other information crucial to navigating without causing a collision or disturbing others.
Learning the rules of the river is an important part of boating, and you’ll want to ensure you adhere to all the essential rules and regulations to make your experience as fun as possible. For more information about jet boat life – or to schedule a consultation regarding your upcoming Rogue Jet Boat purchase, contact Rogue Jet Boats today.