KNOW YOUR LINES
Mooring lines are used to secure a boat to a dock. These lines should be long enough to allow the boat to rise and fall with the tide or flow of the water, but not so long that the boat strays too far from the dock.
• Bow line. The bow line leads forward from the bow to the dock.
• Stern line. The stern line leads backward (aft) from the stern to the dock.
• Spring lines. The spring lines lead aft from the bow and forward from the stern. You typically use spring lines in rough water conditions.
California law says no one may operate a boat, water skis, an aquaplane or other vessel in a way that will be dangerous to people and property. Dangerous examples include:
^ Riding on the bow, gunwale or transom of a moving vessel when you're not protected by railings.
^ Riding your vessel over the tow-line of another vessel or its skiers.
^ Steering your vessel between another towing vessel and the skiers or freight it's towing.
^ Boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
^ Boating around swimmers.
^ Boating too fast in a crowded area, or in thick fog and heavy storms.
^ Speeding in restricted areas, "buzzing" or "wetting down" others, or skiing when or where you're not allowed.
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