Four Seasons of Insurance – Boating Season in Michigan

by Sam Engardio

Boat Season is here in Michigan!

We thought it would be nice to remind everyone about the  “Mandatory Education and Age Requirements:

Motorboat Operations:

  • Youth 12 years of age and younger may not operate a powerboat with a motor greater than 35 hp under any circumstances.  However, they may operate a boat powered with an engine 6 hp and greater, but no more than 35 hp only if they are directly supervised onboard by a person at least 16 years of age.  Boaters less than 12 may operate a boat powered by a motor of no more than 6 hp without restrictions
  • Youth 12 – 15 of age may legally operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 6 hp only if they have passed a boating safety course approved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and carry with them their boating safety certificate, or are accompanied aboard by a person at least 16 years of age.
  • There are no restrictions for operators 16 years of age or older

Personal Watercraft Operations:

  • No one  under the age of 12 may operate a PWC
  • Youth 12 year of age and less than 14 may operate a PWC if they have received a boating safety certificate dated prior to January 1, 1999.  If not, boaters of this age must meet all of the following conditions in order to operate:
  1. The PWC is designed to carry at least 2 people and the youth operator is accompanied solely by their parent or legal guardian
  2. The youth operator and accompanying parent or legal guardian have taken and successfully completed a boating safety course and have in their possession boating safety certificates
  3. The PWC is equipped with an Engine Cut Off Lanyard which is attached to the accompanying parent or legal guardian
  4. Operators 14 years of age or older, or persons born after December 31, 1978 may operate only if they have taken and successfully completed a boating safety course and have in their possession a boating safety certificate.
  5. Persons born before December 31, 1978 may operate a PWC without restrictions.