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California Personal Watercraft (PWC) Laws and Regulations

November 28, 2022

California’s jet ski and personal watercraft laws are intended to protect the safety of operators, passengers, and other waterway users. It’s important for PWC users to be familiar with these laws in order to avoid accidentally engaging in illegal and dangerous behavior. Personal watercraft registration Personal watercraft must be registered with the state, just like … Read more ›

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide on Boats: California Regulations

Gasoline engines and generators on boats emit carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that is extremely hazardous and sometimes lethal. This gas can easily accumulate on and around boats, poisoning unwary boaters. Find out where carbon monoxide accumulates on boats, the signs of CO poisoning and how to keep yourself and others safe on the … Read more ›

California Boat Sewage Disposal: Pumpout Stations & No Discharge Zones

As boating continues to increase in popularity, human activities and waste are putting more and more pressure on the environment, particularly in crowded recreational waters. To mitigate the damage, the government has implemented laws regulating boat sewage discharge in American waters. It’s very important for recreational boaters to follow the law in order to keep … Read more ›

California Aquatic Invasive Species: What Boaters Should Know

Hundreds of aquatic invasive species are currently threatening California’s waters. Efforts to contain their spread are complex and costly, with millions of dollars already invested. It’s important for recreational boaters to be aware of the problem and take steps to avoid accidentally contributing to the spread of aquatic invasive species in California. What are aquatic … Read more ›

California Life Jacket Laws and Requirements

A life jacket is a vital piece of boating safety equipment that could well save your life in the event of an emergency situation on the water. Wearing a life jacket is strongly recommended at all times while on board a vessel, since there may not be time to find one and put it on … Read more ›

California Boating Accident Report Laws

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways collects boating accident reports and analyzes them for the purpose of developing new strategies and making recommendations to improve boating safety and reduce accidents, injuries and deaths on the water. In the event of a boating accident, it’s important to file a report so that the … Read more ›

California Boater Card Age Requirements

In California, your age currently determines whether or not you need certification to drive a boat and what type of craft you are allowed to operate. What age groups are required to hold a California Boater Card? California is currently implementing a requirement for individuals to take a boating safety course in order to operate … Read more ›

What Equipment is Required on a Boat in California?

Whenever you go boating, it’s important to have all required safety equipment on board to make sure that you’re in compliance with California state law and that you’re well prepared for any eventuality. Here is an overview of the boat safety equipment required in California for different sizes and types of vessels. Human-powered craft Life … Read more ›

California Boat Registration Number & Sticker Information

Most recreational vessels in California need to be registered. If your vessel weighs over 5 tons, you have the option of registering it with the U.S. Coast Guard and obtaining a maritime certificate of documentation. Otherwise, you’ll need to register it with the state DMV. Find out about the specifics of registering a recreational vessel … Read more ›

Operating a Boat Under the Influence in California

In California, the regulations for drinking on a boat are different than they are for cars. However, boating under the influence in California can result in you losing your driver’s license, among other serious penalties. Operating a boat requires clear thinking and quick reflexes, and doing so with alcohol in your system can endanger you, … Read more ›