Boating is the luxurious leisurely activity of traveling by motorboat, or the more general recreational use of a motorboat whether electric, sailboats or powerboats, usually focused upon the recreation itself, and sports activities. Boating is a very popular sport, and there are billions of boaters all over the world. Boating is an extremely relaxing and rewarding hobby, but there is an art to boating as well. Boating accessories and parts can make boating a more enjoyable experience.
Many people just go boating for the relaxation it gives them. Boating creates an atmosphere where you are far from the bustle of the city and busy highway. You get to visit interesting locations, where nature is gorgeous and where you get to see creatures that you normally rarely get a chance to view anywhere else. Boating also gives you a unique opportunity to meet other like-minded boater, who share your passion for boating. However, boating can be much more than just a vacation for some. Boating provides a way to travel, see other places, and even make money through leisurely activities.
Boating accidents occur very seldom, mostly because of the negligence of either the driver or the passengers on board the boats. But boat accidents do still happen. Whether caused by mechanical failure or collision with another vessel, recreational boating deaths still occur. The most common cause of recreational boating deaths are boating related mechanical failures. And boating related mechanical failures are usually the result of inadequate maintenance of the boats, both on the part of the owner or operator, and on the part of the passengers.
There are several requirements that must be met in order to operate a personal watercraft. Before any boat is taken on for charter, a check of the boat’s operation manual is required. The manual will list all of the boat’s technical parts and their proper functioning. Boats range in size from small pleasure craft with outboard motors to large sail boats used for commercial fishing. In general, the larger the boat the more complex the technical make-up, including the motor and the electrical system.
Boating safety regulations and standards are different depending on where you live. And as the popularity of boating increases so does the number of organizations formed to promote boating safety. A great number of these organizations also offer training classes for boaters, both those wanting to be certified and already certified to take further courses.
Most states have rules and regulations that determine how much of the water a passenger or person should waters while on board a recreational boats. Some states even have laws dictating when a person can operate an inflatable boat on the waterways. There are also boat clubs and associations that focus on boating in a particular area or region.
Many areas have rules and regulations that govern the operation of commercial and/or pleasure boats on coastal waters. Boating safety courses are offered to potential passengers and to new boat operators. Coastal boating certifications provide proof that the operator has undergone a course of specialized instruction that includes the study of boating laws, safe fuel use, and other information specific to the area in which they plan to operate their boat. The certificate also indicates that the boat owner has received the necessary training to navigate a coastal waters vessel. There is no license required for coastal waters boating; however, the operator must have a Coastal Boating Safety Certificate and a Special Use Certificate.
If you are interested in taking one of the boating courses to obtain your boating license, you should contact your local transportation department to see if there is any required training programs. Some states require that individuals obtain a certificate for a certain period of time before they can operate a boat. Others do not require a certificate at all and instead will issue a limited license to a person who possesses a small engine powered boat and watercraft in good working order. Individuals with a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) or a UL (Unified Underwater Motorist’s License) are usually not required to undergo a special licensing exam to operate a small vessel on the lakes. However, these licenses are still honored by most inland waterways when it comes to boating.