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Loaning Your Vessel … Safely!

If you loan your vessel to others, always make sure that they understand their responsibilities as the operator. The operator must possess a Boater Education Card.

The operator of any type of vessel, including PWCs, manually powered vessels, and sailboats, is legally responsible when operating the vessel, even if they do not own it.

Owners are legally responsible for making sure the vessel has the required safety equipment and can be held responsible for certain operating violations when others are operating the vessel.

PWC Instruction

If you loan your vessel to another, always make sure that person understands his or her responsibilities as the operator.