Coast Guard shares pointers on safe, legal operations during 2011 holiday boat parades

Coast Guard District 11 NewsSAN PEDRO, Calif. – With the holiday boat parade season upon us, the Coast Guard wants to remind boaters and observers of certain safety pointers.

General safety hazards for ALL boat operations:

  • Illegal charters
  • Overloaded or unsafe electrical systems due to Christmas lights
  • Too many passengers affect stability of vessels – ensure compliance with maximum capacity
  • Recreational boats cannot charge passengers to board their vessels – illegal, resulting in fines
  • 5 knot speed limit strictly enforced during all boat parades

Spot checks may be conducted on certified T-Boats:

  • Adequate number of lifejackets
  • Merchant Mariner licenses onboard
  • Adequate number of crewmembers
  • Compliance with vessel security plans

Just like in past years, Coast Guard marine inspectors will be conducting additional inspections of vessels involved in the parades and evening trips.

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