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PA Boating Handbook
CHAPTER 2 - LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
Boat Operator Responsibilities

Boat operators are responsible for:

  • Knowing the rules and regulations for watercraft in the areas where they boat.
  • Knowing the waters where they are boating.
  • Having the required safety equipment for their watercraft.
  • The actions of all persons on board their boats.
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RULE OF RESPONSIBILITY DEFINED

NAVIGATION RULES United States Coast Guard, RULE 2, “RESPONSIBILITY”

“2(a) Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master, or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.”

“2(b) in construing and complying with these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.”

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