In California

✓ A person must be 16 years of age or older to operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower. Exceptions: There is no age limit to operate a sailboat under 30 feet long (if using wind as the main source of propulsion), or a dinghy used directly between a moored vessel and the shoreline or between two moored vessels.

✓ People 12 to 15 years of age may operate any vessel powered by a motor of more than 15-horsepower, if they're supervised on board by someone at least 18 years of age.


Answer these questions by circling T for true or F for false.

1. The U.S. Coast Guard enforces the law on state and federal waters T F

2. You are responsible for obeying boating laws you don't know T F

3. The use of a blue light is reserved for law enforcement vessels T F

4. Peace officers can order the operator of an unsafe vessel to shore T F

5. A person convicted of any moving violation while operating a vessel must complete and pass a boating safety course T F

6. There are no penalties for making a false emergency report T F

7. A person must be at least 12 to operate a powerboat unsupervised T F

Turn to page 88 for correct answers.

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