It's the Law

Liveries (Boat/PWC Rental Facilities)


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