These are not tips……this is the law!
When there is no posted speed limit, a vessel operator shall operate the vessel in such a manner that will not endanger persons OR property. A vessel shall operate at IDLE SPEED when within 100 feet of shore, docks and other vessels. A vessel that is operating at slow speed is completely off plane, has settled into the water and is proceeding without wake or with minimum wake. When a vessel is pulling someone behind their vessel, whether it be a skier, wakeboarder, tube, etc., both the boat and skier must be outside of the 100 foot designation for idle speed. Must have a U.S.C.G. approved for marine use, fire extinguisher on board (B-1). Must have a sound-producing device readily accessible (whistle, horn, etc.). Must have a copy of current registration on board. There must be on board the vessel as many flotation devices as there are passengers. These must be U.S.C.G. approved personal flotation devices (Type I, II or III).
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC, i.e. jet skis, etc.)
All personal watercraft must carry all equipment required of a Class A motorboat (anchor and line and paddle or oar not required). Must have a U.S.C.G. approved for marine use, fire extinguisher on board (B-1). Must have a sound-producing device readily accessible. Must have a copy of current registration on board. The operator and all passengers MUST WEAR A U.S.C.G. APPROVED PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (Type I, II or III). If the vessel is equipped with a lanyard it must be attached to the operator. The operator MUST BE AT LEAST 14 YEARS OF AGE – 18 years of age if rented. If the operator is under the age of 18, he/she must have a Boaters Safety card. The card and a picture I.D. must be carried while operating the PWC or any other vessel with horsepower greater than 10 HP. Allowing someone under the age of 14 to operate a PWC is against the law. Both the owner and the child are subject to individual fines. Operation from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise is prohibited.
Important Phone Numbers: Orange County Marine Patrol: 407-254-6806 Orlando Police Dept. Marine Patrol: 407-246-2442