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Difference between Stand-On and Give-Way Boats

Difference Between Stand-On and Give-Way Boats

This video will explain the difference between a Stand-On and Give-Way boats. ... read more

Video Transcript

Everybody it’s Rob Nelson with Now do you know the difference between a Give-way vessel and a Stand-on vessel? I want to make sure everybody is safe when they are out on the water. Partly because I don’t like being on the water when there is unsafe boaters. That’s why we made this quick little video for to make sure everybody knows the difference between the Stand-on and a Give-way. Check this out.

Stand-on versus Give-way! The Stand-on vessel is the one that must stand-on or maintain its course and speed. And the Give-way vessel is the one that should give way by stopping, slowing down or changing course.By figuring out which is which depends on how they are approaching each other and how they are propelled. Now powerboats must give way to sailboats and boats with more maneuverability must give way to boats with less maneuverability.

Now if you liked that clip then you’re going to want to see the whole video which you can get at It’s a site where you can get certified in boat safety. Leave comments for us. We love to hear from you guys and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching.

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boating and drinking

Drinking and Boating (Video)

Alcohol is the leading cause of fatalities in boating accidents. Boating responsibly is the key to keeping you and your crew safe. Presented by Boating Magazine. ... read more

Video Transcipte

[Speaker 1] It’s a lovely day on the water, looking forward to getting the crew back together though. How about you?

[Speaker 2 -Robert] Ah yeah, should be a good time. At least for my crew.

[Speaker 3] Hey, thanks for inviting us. I can’t wait to get out there

[Speaker 1] Yeah, you guys want a cold refreshment?

[Speaker 3] Hey Robert, you wouldn’t have a soda would you?

[Speaker 2 -Robert] Sure.

[Speaker 3] Thanks Robert.

[Speaker 2 -Robert] Hey where are Brad and Erin?

[Speaker 3] Oh, they are on their way now

[Speaker 1] Hey Brad come on, I’m all ready.

[Speaker 4 -Brad] Ah, I think I’ll pass. Robert throw me an orange juice.

[Speaker 5 – Erin] I’ll take one too if you can spare it.

[Speaker 2 -Robert] Alright! [Narrator] Alcohol is a leading cause of fatalities in boating accidents.

[Speaker 1] Burps.

[Narrator] This adds a whole new meaning to the expression bottoms up, doesn’t it? Remember, boat responsibly.

Video courtesy of Boating Magazine. See them at
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Operator Inattention

Operator Inattention

This video talks about the importance of being aware at all times while boating. ... read more

Video Transcript

Speaker 1: People tend to treat PWCs like toys because they’re so fast, they’re so dynamic.

Speaker 2: They’re meant to have fun and make sharp turns. However, people will take it one step further and go into the careless mode or even two steps, and go into reckless mode where they’re trying to spray some of their friends to show-off, or look cool.

Speaker 1: You don’t think that you have to look 360 degrees around you; that perhaps there’s a boat right next to you and you’re not watching where you’re going so end up cutting right in front of that boat.

Speaker 3: I think not paying attention while operating a personal watercraft is a huge factor and it becomes more of a factor because of the speed that the personal watercraft is traveling. If you’re traveling so fast in the water that there is very little room to react.

Speaker 1: They seem to want to get close to each other at high speeds, and when that happens, when they do get close to each other somebody decides to turn, the other person doesn’t know it so they’ll run over top of each other, they’ll run into each other, be thrown from the jet ski.

Speaker 2: A lot of the injuries are very traumatic. A lot of lacerations, a lot of blood, a lot of bone breakage because these watercraft, they’re making them so fast now where they’re going upwards of 75 miles an hour.

Speaker 4: It’s not a toy, it’s a dangerous missile that’s going through the water that needs to be controlled.

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Reckless Operation of Boats

Reckless Operation of Boats

This video talks about reckless ways to operate a boat. ... read more

Video Transcript

Crystal McLain: One reckless operator on the waters affects both the operator themselves, their passengers, as well as the lives and safety of the boating public. If they’re operating unlawfully, other boaters don’t know what they’re going to do. If they’re weaving through congested areas it poses a huge safety hazard.

Scott Bailey: It’s the responsibility of all New Hampshire boaters to keep a sharp look-out and be prepared to change course or come to a stop to avoid collision at all times.

Crystal: Similar common reckless operation activities includes swerving at the last minute to avoid a collision, failing to follow the navigational laws and rules, having a passenger or the operator sit on the gunnel, having somebody straddle the bow, overloading the load beyond its safe carrying capacity.

Scott: Overloading affects your ability to maneuver and it also lowers your freeboard making you much more susceptible to taking on water should there be heavy weather or waves in your vicinity.

Crystal: A boater would know that they’ve overloaded their vessel beyond the safe carrying capacity by looking at the capacity plate on the boat itself. It has a maximum number of persons listed and it also includes a maximum weight capacity if you’re putting a lot of equipment into the boat they need to take that into consideration as well.

Kevin Foss: When you’re out on a boat there’s several activities that people take part in that are considered unlawful operation. Example of that would be sitting on the bow or the Transom. You may not even give it a second though when you’re doing it but in an unfortunate circumstance you may fall out and be struck by the boat, propeller or another passing boat.

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