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Title: NYS Boating Laws


1
NYS BOATING LAWS
NEW YORK STATE BOATING LAWS - 12/02
Presentation by Binghamton's Susquenango Power
Squadron
2
Current Edition 12/2002 Final exam includes NY
state specific questions
3
NEW FOR '02 '03
1. Personal Flotation Device Requirement for
Those Towed by a Vessel - page 53
2. Personal Watercraft Operators Born on or After
1/1/72 Now Need to Complete an Approved Boating
Safety Course (see slide 19 for 04 age changes)
- page 60.
Note see the New York State Boater's Guide,
12/02 edition
4
NEW FOR 2003
The United States Coast Guard's Life Jacket Rule
will go into effect December 23, 2002. In
support of the ongoing efforts of the states and
Coast Guard to improve boating safety, the Coast
Guard is requiring that all children under 13
years of age wear Coast Guard approved life
jackets, while aboard recreational vessels
underway, except when the children are below
decks or in an enclosed cabin. Comment - NYS
sets this requirement to age 12 USCG is stricter
at age 13.
Note For more boating safety information see
www.uscg.mil/news and www.uscgboating.org.
5
NEW FOR 2003
  • Changes to Visual Distress Signals and Sound
    Signaling Devices Effective 1 April 2003 (pages
    23 28)
  • Whistle
  • mouth whistle for vessels less than 39 feet
  • mechanical whistle for vessels 39 feet or more.
  • Visual distress signals
  • vessels 16 feet or more shall carry serviceable
    distress signals
  • all vessels, regardless of length, when
    operating after sunset
  • vessels 39 feet or more shall carry a bell

6
AGE OF LEGAL BOAT OPERATION
1. To operate a boat in NYS without adult
supervision individuals must be at least 18 years
of age or have successfully completed a safe
boating course and be between the ages of 10 and
18.
2. Individuals less than 18 years of age who have
not successfully completed a boating safety
course may only operate a vessel while under the
direct supervision of an individual who is 18
years of age or older.
3. The required boating safety certificate must
be carried by the minor at all times while
operating the boat.
Note see slides 19 20 for PWC education
req. for 03 and 04
7
BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (BUI)
is operating while under the influence of any
controlled substance or prescribed drug when
affected to the extent that the person's normal
faculties are impaired.
  • It is illegal for any person with a blood or
    breath alcohol of 0.08 or higher to operate a
    vessel.
  • Zero Tolerance for those under 21 years of
    age operating privileges will be revoked if
    caught drinking while operating a vessel -page 41
    .

Note see the New York State Boater's Guide,
12/01 edition
8
SERIOUS PENALTIES
  • Boating While Intoxicated
  • New York law prescribes heavy fines,
    imprisonment, and the suspension of operator
    privileges for violators.
  • In New York, if you are stopped for the
    suspicion of impaired operation and refuse to
    voluntarily submit to a breath test, your
    privilege to operate may be immediately
    suspended, pending a hearing.

9
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD)
1. All vessels must have one USCG approved
wearable PFD for each person on board.
2. Vessels over 16 feet in length must have one
additional throwable type IV.
3. Children under the age of 12 must wear a PFD
while aboard a vessel under 65 feet that is
underway, unless the child is situated within a
fully enclosed cabin.
4. Type V, or hybrid inflatable PFDs, must be
worn to be acceptable. They do require a minimal
amount of maintenance. Not recommended for water
skiing, etc.
10
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD)
1. All vessels must have one USCG approved
wearable PFD for each person on board.
2. Vessels over 16 feet in length must have one
additional throwable type IV.
3. Children under the age of 12 must wear a PFD
while aboard a vessel under 65 feet that is
underway, unless the child is situated within a
fully enclosed cabin.
4. Type V, or hybrid inflatable PFDs, must be
worn to be acceptable. They do require a minimal
amount of maintenance. Not recommended for water
skiing, etc.
11
DIVERS DOWN FLAG
  • The official flag, Alpha, is the internationally
    recognized indicator for all dive operations.
  • The other flag, "diver down", which is
    prescribed by the state, is a red flag with a
    white diagonal stripe.
  • Vessels must maintain a distance of at least 100
    feet of any craft or object displaying either
    flag.
  • Must be taken down when divers/snorkels are not
    in the water.

12
HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
1. All registered vessels must have a HIN
permanently affixed to the transom in such a
way that removal, alteration, or replacement
will be obvious and evident.
2. Removal of a HIN is prohibited.
3. Vessels without a HIN can be assigned one by
the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.
13
REGISTRATION AND NUMBERING
Registration in New York
NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles Receive number NY
1234 AB
14
REGISTRATION
  • Registration certificates must be available for
    inspection
  • aboard the vessel.
  • Vessels documented exclusively for pleasure and
    which operate principally within NYS, must apply
    to Motor Vehicles for a registration certificate
    and are required to display validation stickers.
  • Exempt from state registration documented
    vessels operating commercially vessels legally
    registered in another state (up to 90 consecutive
    days) lifeboats competition race boats non
    mechanically propelled vessels.

15
REPORTABLE BOATING ACCIDENTS
1. Include accidents that had injuries requiring
more than first aid.
2. Include accidents that cause more than 500
total damage.
3. Report immediately and file a written report
within 48 hours if there is a death or missing
person.
4. Must be reported to the nearest police agency
and a written report must be filed with NYS Parks
(Albany) within 48 hours 5 days for accidents
with only property damage.
5. Failure to report an accident may result in a
100 fine.
16
RESTRICTED AREAS
1. Established by state law and local ordinances.
2. Illegal to perform any activity posted as
prohibited.
3. Idle speed - minimum speed required to
maintain steerage.
4. Slow speed - no speed greater than that which
is reasonable and prudent.
17
WATER SKIING
1. All persons engaged in water skiing
must wear a USCG approved Type I, II or III PFD.
An impact rated Type III is preferred.
2. Vessels towing water skiers must have an
observer who is at least 10 years of age.
3. May occur between sunrise and sunset, provided
visibility is not reduced.
4. Effective 2002 - anyone towed by a vessel must
wear a proper PFD.
18
AQUATIC NUISANCES
To help prevent the spread of the
latest plague of non-native fish and zebra
mussels in our waterways, boaters should follow
these simple rules
  • Trailer boaters should remove visible mud,
    plants, fish or animals from boats and trailers
    prior to transport to another body of water.
  • Scrape any mussels from boat or outdrive, and
    flush hull, bilges water holding compartments
    with hot water (at least 120º F).
  • Do not release plants or fish, including bait,
    into a body of water unless it came out of that
    same body of water.

19
AQUATIC NUISANCES
(Cont'd)
  • Pump fresh water through engines before leaving
    the area.
  • Drain live-wells, bait buckets, bilge and
    transom wells.
  • Remove water from trailer boats by removing the
    drain-plug and parking on an incline to
    facilitate draining.
  • Empty water out of kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc.
  • Let boat, PWCs, trailer and equipment dry for at
    least 5 days.

20
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC)
  • Personal Watercraft are boats and must adhere to
    all boating laws.
  • Mandatory education if born on or after
    1/1/72 (new as of 1/1/03) after 1/1/04 required
    for all PWC operators.
  • Specific requirements for PWCs
  • Everyone on board or being towed behind a PWC
    must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II,
    or III PFD at all times. Inflatable PFDs are not
    to be worn on PWCs. Impact rated Type III
    preferred.
  • A PWC may be operated only between sunrise and
    sunset providing visibility is not restricted.
  • No one under the age of 16 years may rent / lease
    a PWC.
  • An engine cutoff lanyard ignition safety switch,
    if so equipped, must be functional and attached
    to the rider.
  • Required equipment horn or whistle, visual
    distress equipment and fire extinguisher.

21
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC)
(Cont'd)
  • A PWC must be operated in a reasonable and
    prudent manner. It is illegal to
  • Weave through congested waterway traffic.
  • Swerve at the last possible moment in order to
    avoid a collision.
  • Jump the wake of another boat or drive
    unnecessarily close to that boat.

The required boating education certificate must
be carried by all PWC operators while operating
the PWC.
22
HOMELAND SECURITY MEASURES
  • Keep your distance from all military vessels,
    cruise lines, or commercial shipping
  • All vessels must proceed at a no-wake speed when
    within a Protection Zone (which extends 500 yards
    around U.S. naval vessels).
  • Non-military vessels are not allowed to enter
    within 100 yards of a U.S. naval vessel, whether
    underway or moored, unless authorized by an
    official patrol. The patrol may be either Coast
    Guard or Navy.
  • Violating the Naval Vessel Protection Zone is a
    felony offense, punishable by up to six years
    imprisonment and / or up to 250,000 in fines.
  •  Observe and avoid all security zones. Avoid
    commercial port operation areas. Avoid
    restricted areas near
  • Dams
  • Power plants
  • Naval ship yards
  • Dry docks

Know and Avoid All Security Zones
23
NYS BOATING LAWS
END NEW YORK STATE BOATING LAWS
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