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  • As boat captain, it's your responsibility to maintain an unobstructed view from the helm.

    Rule 5 requires that every vessel “shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing…
  • Engine Cutoff Devices

    Simple and mechanical, it’s practically foolproof—if you’re wearing it.

    A killswitch is a great addition to any boat, and could potentially save your life someday.
  • Improving Boating Skills

    Becoming a safer boater is good. Becoming a more competent and confident boater is better yet.

    Coursework, particularly the many nationally recognized courses available, lets you dip deeper into boating now, and safely enjoy being on the water later.
  • Avoiding Flooding Tips

    Central to enjoyable boating is keeping water out of the boat.

    Use these tips to keep water out of your boat, or, if it's already flooded, learn how to pump it out.