2018 New York State Boater's Guide - 45
Operators should also
strictly follow the manufacturer's recommendations for engine size. A
larger engine may make
your boat run faster, however it may have not been
designed to handle the weight or stress. In addition to the added
weight of the larger engine, your steering mechanism may not be
designed for the larger engine as well, which may lead to reduced
or lost control at higher speeds.
Vessel Operator Duties
When underway always:
1. Be comfortable with the handling characteristics of the
vessel. Know your stopping distance, turning radius, and
optimal cruising speed.
2. Avoid unnecessary risks which may endanger life, limb
3. Always be cognizant of the vessel's position and where you
are heading. Learn to navigate safely.
4. Listen to local weather broadcasts and watch for changing
weather conditions. Be prepared to head for safe harbor
should the weather conditions degrade.
5. Know and abide by the rules of the road.
6. Exercise courtesy.
7. Use the 1/3 rule to prevent running out of fuel. Figure on 1/3
for the trip out, 1/3 to return, and 1/3 for reserve.
8. Never allow passengers to ride on the bow, seat backs or
gunwales. Riding in these positions may increase the risk of
falling overboard. Operators who permit passengers to ride
in these locations may be cited for reckless operation.
9. Encourage everyone to don a life jacket, particularly nonswimmers.