Town of Falmouth, Maine
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
â€¢ Always wear a life jacket
â€¢ Avoid alcohol
â€¢ Be especially careful on personal watercrafts
â€¢ Children younger than age 13 must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket while underway
â€¢ Enroll in a boater education class
â€¢ Don't overload your boat
â€¢ Operate at a safe speed
â€¢ Always have a passenger serve as a lookout in addition to the operator
â€¢ Watch out for low water areas or submerged objects.
Always Wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or Life Jacket
â€¢ Most boating fatality victims were found (recovered) NOT wearing a PFD
â€¢ Always carry extra PFD's in both adult and child sizes
â€¢ Children younger than 13 years old must wear a PFD while underway
â€¢ The probability of being killed in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved
â€¢ Operating a boat under the influence is just as dangerous as driving a car after you've been drinking
â€¢ Boating while intoxicated (BWI) is strictly enforced and carries penalties similar to driving while intoxicated penalties, including possible Driver's License suspension
Enroll in a Boater Education Course - Regardless of Age
â€¢ It's a good idea for the whole family to enroll in a boater education course
â€¢ A majority (52%) of vessels involved in boating accidents are operated by persons 26-50 years of age
â€¢ For information on classroom, home video and on-line course options, visit the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's Casco Bay Flotilla site: http://www.uscgauxsoportlandme.com/ppages/pecourse/peaboutcourse.htm
Be Especially Careful on Personal Watercraft (PWC)
â€¢ PWC operators and passengers must wear a life jacket
â€¢ Before you borrow or rent a PWC, take the time to learn how to operate the vessel and the rules of the waterway
â€¢ Obey the 50-foot rule! Maintain a 50-foot distance from other PWC's, vessels, persons, shore, or stationary platform or other object unless operating at headway (idle) speed.
Operate at a Safe Speed
â€¢ Although there are no numerical speed limits on the water, citations may be issued for excessive speed or reckless operation. Use Common sense, and operate at a safe speed at all times - especially in crowded areas.
â€¢ Excessive speed is a rate of speed greater than is reasonable or prudent without regard for conditions and hazards or greater than will permit a person to bring the boat to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead.