USCG News

Navigation Law Enforcement

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Boarding Policy, a vessel hailed by a Coast Guard vessel is required to heave to or maneuver as directed so as to permit a boarding team to come aboard. Other Federal, state or local maritime law enforcement officials may also board and examine the vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard…

Safe Boating and Survival Tips

Approximately 70 percent of accidents involving fatalities occur on boats where the operator had no formal instruction on how to operate the vessel. That’s why it’s so important to have training no matter how experienced the boater is. As a result of some operator’s negligence, more than half of all states have enacted legislation mandating…

The Equipment Requirements To Sail – Vessel Documentation Center

The United States Coast Guard establishes minimum standards for recreational vessels and associated safety equipment, and must be in compliance with its standards, specifications, and regulations for performance, construction or materials. Life jackets Each person on board must have a wearable life jacket available. If the boat is 16 feet or longer, it must also…

Registration Methods For U.S. Recreational Vessels

There are basically two methods to register a recreational vessel in the USA: Vessel Registration, which is a Certificate of Number issued by a specific state Vessel Documentation, issues by the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Registration All those vessels equipped with propulsion machinery must be registered in its state of principal use with a Certificate…