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Motor Vessel Safety Operating and Equipment Checklist
The Washington’s Mandatory Boating Education law requires agencies that rent,
charter or lease motorboats or vessels with engines of 15 horsepower or more, to
review the Motor Vessel Rental Safety Checklist with renters/operators.
For more information or to learn how to use the checklist, review the
checklist instruction sheet.
The checklist covers both safety practices and equipment for all types of
motorboats and personal watercraft. The Commission-approved checklist must be used
to ensure uniformity and compliance with the law, even by rental agencies that have
developed their own safety checklist.
Rental agency staff must review the contents of the checklist with every renter/operator
to insure each statement about operation and safety equipment is understood. The renter/operator
must review the checklist and initial each item on both sides of the checklist.
Boaters must carry their signed checklist with them. The operators of rented motorboats who do not have
a checklist may be ticketed if stopped by a marine law enforcement officer.
Washington State Parks will make pads of the checklist available free of charge to each requesting agency.
It is recommended that rental agencies provide renters some type of water proof container to store the
(i.e. sealable plastic bag).
To get copies of the Motor Vessel Rental Safety Checklist, contact the Washington State Department of Printing:
- Online: Order the checklist forms through the Department of Printing Fulfillment Center website.
Print these ordering tips (32kb Word) for help ordering checklist forms
Allow two to four weeks for delivery of your order. To check on your order or for other assistance, call (360) 570-3062.