All boaters should have a working
knowledge of the basic maritime rules and
regulations. Maintain all required equipment in
ship-shape condition and equip boat with a first aid
kit. Do not overpower or overload your boat. Always
inform another person of your boating intentions -
where you are going and when you intend to return.
Stay ashore in threatening weather. Obey all fire
safety rules when filling with gasoline. Gasoline
vapors are explosive, and being heavier than air
will settle in the lower parts of a boat. The law
requires Coast Guard approved life jackets for all
passengers. Be water wise and wear yours while
afloat. Avoid navigating close to pile or rock
structures. It is particularly hazardous to navigate
immediately upstream or off end of dikes. Some dike
ends and revetments are submerged and not visible.
Yield the right-of-way to all large commercial tows.
Avoid navigating in the vicinity of construction
work or dredging operations. Avoid bridge piers,
drift and snags when operating out of the buoyed
channel. Very shallow water may reach well into the
river, particularly in bends across from revetments.
Observe all port regulations. Navigate in the
vicinity of port areas with caution. Always stay
alert for other boats, fishermen and partly
submerged logs. Be courteous, watch your wake.
Travel in buoyed channel. Don't anchor in a buoyed
channel. If your boat capsizes or swamps, hang on to
it. Do not try to swim to shore. Swim the capsized
boat toward safety. Land your craft headed upstream
when operating in the current of the river.
Downstream landings are dangerous in swift current.