1. Boating Basics

Ohio’s Boat Registration Requirements

To operate a boat in Ohio, the boat must be properly registered, numbered and titled, if required. Carry your valid boat registration certificate on the boat as proof of having  proper registration. You must also display two square registration tags on the boat. Boat registration certificates and tags can be obtained from the Ohio Department […]

Ohio’s Boater Education Requirements

Boater Education Requirements in Ohio Any person operating a boat powered by more than 10 horsepower must have a Boater Education Certificate for successful completion of a NASBLA-approved course, or a proficiency examination approved by the Ohio Division of Watercraft. Boater Education Exceptions: A person born before January 1, 1982. A person who is operating […]

Pennsylvania’s Boater Education Requirements

Pennsylvania’s Boater Education Requirements Any person born on or after January 1st, 1982, is required to have a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate in order to operate a motorized boat powered by an engine of 25 horsepower or greater. Additionally, a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate is required to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in […]

Boat Theft Prevention Tips

Preventing Boat Theft As boat owners and operators, we value our boats for the relaxing experiences they provide and the great memories we have of sunny days on the water. A thief, however, values your boat’s dollar value. You can prevent boat theft by doing the following:   Trademark It: Put plenty of marks on your […]

Boat Hull Types

The Hull The ‘hull’ is the portion of your boat that rides both in and on top of the water. The hull does not include any masts, sails, rigging, machinery or equipment. There are three general hull types: Planing Hull: This hull type is designed to glide on the surface of the water as the […]

Boat Engine Types

Boat Engine Types Outboard Engine If your boat has an ‘outboard engine’, it will be attached to the transom (stern) of the boat. To steer the boat, you will move the entire boat engine and drive assembly. In order to avoid hitting bottom in shallow areas, you can move the engine up or down, manually […]

Basic Boat Terminology

Boating Terminology Who is the ‘Operator’? A boat ‘operator’ is the person who is in control of the pleasure craft and who is responsible for it’s operation. As a pleasure craft operator you are responsible for yourself, your passengers, your boat and the safety of other boaters on the water. What is a ‘Pleasure Craft’? […]

The Basic Parts of a Boat and Personal Watercraft

Definitions: Parts of a Boat Bow: The forward or front part of your boat is called the ‘bow’. Port: The left side of your boat when you’re seated and looking forward. Starboard: The right side of your boat when you’re seated and looking forward. Stern: The rear section of your boat is called the ‘stern’. […]

Horsepower Restrictions for Young Boaters

Before heading out on the water, it’s important to understand the requirements to drive a boat. Horsepower restrictions for young boaters differ slightly depending on the age of the operator and the horsepower of the boat. Here’s a breakdown of age and horsepower restrictions: Under 12 Years Old Boaters under 12, with proof of competency such as […]

Boating License Requirements in Canada

Proof of Competency When you’re out on the water, there’s a chance you may be asked to provide proof of competency to local law enforcement agencies when operating your boat. So what exactly is this? Proof of competency can take three forms: A Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) issued following the successful completion of a Transport Canada […]