Florida Drawbridges Inc, doing business as FDI Services.

Coast Guard regulations
for drawbridges.

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Personal Watercraft

Persons less than 14 years of age shall not operate a Personal Watercraft. You must be at least 18 to rent a PWC in Florida. PWCs may not be operated from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.

Each person on a Personal Watercraft (PWC) must wear a Coast Guard approved PFD (inflatables are prohibited). Additionally, the operator must wear a lanyard type cut off switch provided by the manufacturer which will shut off the PWC should the operator fall off.

The operator of a Personal Watercraft should operate in a reasonable and prudent manner. Manuevering a personal watercraft by weaving through congested traffic, jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably close, or when visibility around the vessel is obstructed, or swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision is classified as reckless operation of a vessel (a first-degree misdemeanor).

It is unlawful for a person to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (a second-degree misdemeanor).

ACCIDENT REPORTING

Any accident involving death, disappearance or personal injury, or damage greater than $500 must be reported. A "boating accident" includes, but is not limited to, capsizing, collision, foundering, flooding, fire, explosion and the disappearance of a vessel other than by theft. Accidents should be reported immediately. Report accidents by the quickest means possible to one of the following: the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the sheriff of the county in which the accident occurred, or the police chief of the municipality in which the accident occurred, if applicable.

It is unlawful for any person operating a vessel involved in a boating accident to leave the scene without giving all possible aid to the involved persons and without reporting the accident to the proper authorities.

BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED

It is a violation of Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. A vessel operator suspected of boating under the influence must submit to a sobriety test and a chemical test to determine blood or breath alcohol content.

In Florida, a vessel operator is presumed to be under the influence if their blood or breath alcohol content is at or above .08 percent.

REGISTRATION/DOCUMENTATION

All vessels operated on the waters of Florida must be registered and/or numbered in Florida, except as follows:

           Vessels used exclusively on private lakes or ponds

           Vessels owned by the Federal Government

           Vessels used exclusively as life boats

           Non-motor powered vessels

           Vessels with a current number from another state or country temporarily using Florida waters. (Less than 90 consecutive days.)

           Vessels newly purchased in Florida (less than 30 days).

All registrations must be renewed each year in the birth month of the owner. Apply for your title and registration with the state tax collectors.

In addition, all vessels, except documented vessels and non-motor-powered vessels less than 16 feet, must be titled in Florida.

You will need to know your Hull I.D. number to title and register your boat. If you have a homemade boat, contact the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or your tax collector's office for a HIN.

Upon registration, you will be issued a certificate of number and a validation decal. The certificate must be on board whenever the boat is used. The boat's number must be properly displayed on both port and starboard side.