What safety tips should we follow?

In order to keep everyone safe, Boatbound requires the following restrictions to be followed:

  • Boating inland and in coastal waters of the Continental United States of America only.
  • Staying within 12 miles from the nearest shoreline and 2 miles for any kayak or manually powered watercraft.

Every body of water is different, so please make sure that you ask the boat owner to give you any relevant tips to successful navigation. Additionally, make sure you follow all of the rules of the water. Here are a few of the most important:

  • Speed - Stay within the speed limits and restrictions.
  • Passing - Boats you are passing always have the right of way. Power vessels must yield the right of way to sailing vessels.
  • Navigational Aids - Make sure you recognize and understand all important navigational aids including buoys, hazard markers, no wake zone signs, etc.
  • Zero Tolerance - Operators of any boat are prohibited from consuming alcohol and operating under the influence of any drugs. Immediate suspension from Boatbound and additional fees will apply if you are cited for operating under the influence during a rental.
  • Shoreline - Stay at least 100 feet away from the shoreline unless you are approaching a docking area.
  • Distance - Keep a distance of 100 ft. from any other boats if you are traveling at a speed over five miles per hour.
  • Location - Make sure to have either GPS or a cell phone onboard at all times so that you are aware of your location (latitude and longitude).
  • Capacity - Never exceed the maximum number of passengers allowed on the vessel.
  • Engine - Make sure that the engine is always turned off when anyone is in the water near the boat.
  • Sunrise/Sunset Rule - The covered rental period is between sunrise and sunset local standard time (LST).
  • Weather - Always check the weather forecast along the route before departure. Never depart with impending bad weather. Additionally, check the Notice to all Mariners for the planned cruising area.

In case of emergency, always make sure to leave a copy of a written Float Plan describing the safety equipment onboard, where you expect to boat, and when you expect to be in certain locations. Instruct the person holding the float plan to notify the Coast Guard or other appropriate agencies if you do not return within a reasonable time after your scheduled arrival (taking into account weather, etc.). 

Lastly, please remember to print out your Pre & Post Rental Inspection form prior to meeting.