What to Know About the Marina Patrol

It’s a beautiful summer day out on the lake.  The water is warm and calm, and you are itching to get out on your boat for a nice cruise.  You gather you friends and head to the dock all buzzing with excitement.  But, don’t forget the Marina Patrol.  While they are there to ensure everyone’s safety in the water, you don’t want to be caught as the perpetrator who threatens the peace.  Read on to discover key insights that will help you avoid this unhappy ending.

Marina Patrol in Florida - Traingle Marine CenterHeadway Speed

If you are new to cruising, it is crucial to familiarize with common terms used on the water.  One of which is ‘headway speed’.  Headway speed is essentially the ‘speed limit’ of the water.  This is typically 6mph or the slowest speed possible to travel and still maintain appropriate steerage.  But, one of the joys of cruising is testing this speed on the water.  With that being said, you are free to venture above this headway speed as long as you are always 150 feet from other boats, docks, swim rafts, mooring fields, swimmers, designated swimming areas, floats, and shore before doing so.

Ski Craft

Boats are not the only way to enjoy the thrills of the water.  Ski crafts draw huge attention specifically to a younger crowd.  Something about the smaller size and open vulnerability heightens the risk and therefore, the adrenaline typically sought after by the youth.  However, it can also be argued that this youthful intrigue is the very reason for an age limit.  Those younger than 16 cannot operate ski crafts as they are not deemed the maturity to do so.

Slumber Under the Stars

Boats make for the best way to replicate and enhance a camping experience.  On a clear night, nothing is better than sleeping under the stars.  Even better, boats provide a comfortable set up and the lull of the water is peaceful and relaxing.  While this all sounds appealing, it is illegal in some states to float freely under the stars.  Fortunately, the rules lessen if the vessel is secured to a dock with the landowner’s permission.  One last protocol is that landowners must notify the Department of Environmental Services in writing.

Whatever your reason is to take to the water and create a memorable boating experience, be sure to investigate the rules and regulations for each specific waterway.  For more information on boating rentals and regulations, contact Triangle Marine Center at 352-343-6146.

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