If you’re a new boat owner, you’re most likely ready to hit the water as soon as possible. There are laws and regulations that you have to follow in California before you can operate a boat. Here are a few of the California boating laws that you should be aware of from the beginning.
Following California’s safety regulations will not only ensure that you follow the law, but it can keep you and your passengers safe on your boating trip. In California, any boater between the ages of 12 and 15 has to be supervised by an adult to operate a vessel with more than 15 horsepower.
Any boat over 16 feet in length, aside from kayaks and canoes, has to include one wearable life jacket per person onboard and a throwable flotation device. They must have life jackets for canoes and kayaks but do not have to have a throwable device.
You must register your boat at the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Upon registration, you will receive registration stickers, a Certificate of Ownership and a Certificate of Number. It is also recommended that you purchase boat insurance. Boat insurance protects you, your passengers and the boat in the case of an incident.
As a new boat owner, you’re close to your first trip on the water. Before you set off, make sure that you have taken all of the appropriate safety precautions and follow California’s laws for boating.