Boatsetter requires the following safety standards to be followed while on any boat booked through our platform:
- 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.
- Alcohol: Operators of any boat are expected to comply with state and local laws regarding alcohol consumption.
- Shoreline: Stay at least 100 feet away from the shoreline unless you are approaching a docking area.
- Distance: Keep a distance of 100 feet from any other boats if you are traveling at a speed over 5 MPH.
- 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 in your local time zone.
- Weather: Always check the weather forecast along the route before departure. Never depart with impending bad weather. Additionally, check the Notice to 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.