OK, now you know about personal safety. Before you operate any boat, you should also understand Boating Law and the Rules of Navigation.
Boating Law includes registering your vessel properly, and knowing and using the right safety equipment. The Rules of Navigation enable you to handle your vessel when other boats are around, and safely launch in harbors and other busy waterways that use aids to navigation (called ATONs). Know the rules.. .and help prevent accidents.
You will learn:
♦ General laws about operating a boat within the State of California
♦ Safety equipment required by law
♦ Navigational rules and navigational aids
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.