The Florida Boaters Guide: A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Web Version
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Facilities renting vessels and anyone renting from them must follow these regulations:
- The facility is prohibited from renting a vessel that does not have the proper safety equipment, exceeds the recommended horsepower or load capacity, or is not seaworthy.
- The facility must provide pre-rental or pre-ride instruction on the safe operation of any vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more.
- All renters who are required by law to have a boater education ID card must present the card or its equivalent before the facility may rent to him or her.
- PWC liveries must provide instruction to renters (see below for details).
- PWC liveries must not rent to anyone under the age of 18 years.
PWC Liveries Must Instruct Renters
PWC liveries must inform renters about the safe and proper operation of a PWC. This includes information on:
- Reckless operation, and noise, nuisance, and environmental concerns
- Operational characteristics of the PWC to be rented—propulsion, steering, and stopping characteristics of jet pump vessels
- Safe vessel operation and vessel "right-of-way" rules—applicability of the Navigation Rules to PWC operation, problems with seeing and being seen by other boaters, the location and content of warning labels, and how to reboard a PWC
- Responsibility of the operator and safe and proper operation of the vessel
- Local characteristics of the waterway where the vessel will be used