The boat operator has primary responsibility for the safety of all persons aboard. He should also have a constant awareness of weather, water and other environmental conditions and to ensure the safety of his crew and his passengers. Remember that the cause of most fatal boating accidents involves boat operator error.
Inform your crew and passengers of the rules of safe boating and try to insure that at least one other person aboard is capable of operating the vessel in the event of an emergency.
Everyone who uses or enjoys the waterways of our country, whether boating, walking along the shoreline or actually living on the water’s edge has the same rights to enjoy the tranquillity of the water. Boaters should respect the rights of others who live or play on the shoreline. You should not disturb private property owners by docking at their docks or wharfs.
You should be careful about the amount of wake that you are leaving when operating close to shore. It may cause personal injury or damage. You are responsible for any damage you cause with your wake. Control your speed and obey speed limit signs.
When operating around boaters who are fishing, take extra care to control your wake. People often stand up in their boat to cast or reel in a fish. Your wake could tip the boat and cause someone to fall overboard. Remember that you are legally responsible for the wake and any damage that it may cause.