- Boating Safety

Boating Safety

Every year, hundreds of individuals are injured in boating accidents.  Safe boating is as necessary as safe driving.  Individual States have laws and regulations pertaining to boating activity in their jurisdiction.  The portals below will take you to your state where you can find out what you need to know about your State’s boating requirements.

Besides just boating safety, below are links to other pertainent sites that provide other information that is helpful to boaters.


Learn how to safely launch your boat

bad boat launch









Learn the Aids to Navigation

aids to navigation


Learn the local maritime laws and regulations

maritime laws

United States Coast Guard - Online Inland and International Rules for Navigation


Learn about Extreme Tides

extreme tides



Learn how to Winterize your boat.


Winterizing Your Diesel Engine: Oil Change



State Boating Requirements

Arkansas Arizona California Delaware Florida Georgia
Indiana Idaho Illinois Iowa Kansas Kentucky
Lousiana Massachusetts Maryland Michigan Minesota Missouri
Mississippi Montana Nevada North Carolina Ohio Oregon
Oklahoma Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee
Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Wisconsin

Boating Safety and Boating Knowledge Links



Survival Times without Water

Consumption of hydrating fluids is of great inportance regardless of time and temperature. IObviously, in hotter temperatures, the body will lose water faster, so consumption of liquids (non-alcholic) is eveen more important. Further, ill health, exposure to the elements, shock, and panic can reduce your survival time in any situation. An important additional consideration is whether or not to eat food when there may be an inadequate supply of water. Certainly foods that contain a high proportion of water, such many kinds of fuits and berries may actually aid the survivor in providing water. Meat, dry and salty foods should be avoided as they require water from your body for processing and will serve to dehydrate you further.

The survivor who is in good health, who uses his head, and rations whatever water is at hand may expect to be able to survive according to the following chart. Of course, there are many factors to be considered so your mileage may vary and this table should not be viewed as all inclusive.

How Long Can You Live Without Water?
Max Daily Temperature Number of Days in the Shade
No Water 1 Quart
.95 Liter
2 Quarts
1.90 Liters
4 Quarts
3.79 Liters
10 Quarts
9.46 Liters
20 Quarts
18.93 Liters
120 F / 48.9 C 2 days 2 2 2.5 3 4.5
110 F / 43.3 C 3 3 3.5 4 5 7
100 F / 37.8 C 5 5.5 6 7 9.5 13.5
90 F / 32.2 C 7 8 9 10.5 15 23
80 F / 26.7 C 9 10 11 13 19 29
70 F / 21.1 C 10 11 12 14 20.5 32
60 F / 15.6 C 10 11 12 14 21 32
50 F / 10.0 C 10 11 12 14.5 21 32

(Table source: Survival Topics at

NOTE: MainSail Charters & Research, LLC does not endorse or deny the information presented in the table above, but only provides it to you the reader, as a source of informantion upon which you may expand your information gathering.