Please review the following two videos and the pages in the two PDF’s linked below, then complete the safety quiz below, referring to these resources, before you will be allowed to operate a boat rented by the Lake Lemon Marina.
Read and refer to “The Handbook of Indiana Boating Laws and Responsibilities” at:
Finally, review the following Rules for Lemon Marina Rentals, LLC Boats:
- For any emergency not involving injury of a person (like running out of gas or other mechanical issue) that happens on the lake, you may contact the Lemon Marina Rentals, LLC by phone at 812-988-9400. Call 911 immediately or flag down someone who can call, if someone has been injured on the Lake.
- You must not operate any boat rented to you by Lemon Marina Rentals, LLC in the areas marked “prohibited”, “No Go”, or “Stay out” on the applicable map provide to you by the Marina when you pick up your rental.
- The vessel must be operated at speeds that are safe for the location and conditions. No weaving through vessels that are underway, stopped, moored, or at anchor and avoid operating at more than idle in or near swimming areas. Scan the area constantly, operate defensively, and avoid aggressive maneuvers.
- Keep a safe distance away from people, objects, and other vessels. As speed increases, greater distance is needed.
- Individuals are never to enter the water unless the vessel motor is turned off, the keys are removed, the propeller has stopped spinning, and a lifejacket is worn.
- Before starting the motor, always do a headcount to make sure all passengers are onboard and visually inspect the area.
- While the vessel is in motion, passengers must remain seated and away from the front (bow), sides (gunwales), rear(stern/transom), and swim platform.
- For additional safety, the engine shut off cord (lanyard) should be attached to the operator’s wrist or PFD at all times.
- A representative of Lemon Marina Rentals, LLC has/will instruct you on proper procedures to start and stop the engine and you agree to follow them.
- Carbon monoxide (CO2) is a colorless and odorless gas created by the vessel’s motor, there is a CO2 awareness zone extending 30 feet around the vessel. See the Fueling Basics Section of the “Boating Basics” Handbook linked above for more detail on fumes from the fuel.
- See proper refueling procedures the Fueling Basics Section of the “Boating Basics” Handbook linked above.
- To signal danger or need for assistance, sound five short blasts of the horn or whistle.
- Most vessels do not have brakes; stopping the engine will not stop the vessel. Stopping quickly will likely be difficult (or impossible) if the vessel is traveling too fast.
- If anchoring the vessel, do so in a location where others may easily see the vessel. Anchoring should always be done from the bow (front) first, with a second anchor thrown from the back (if available).
- Navigation rules:
- When crossing the path of another vessel, always yield to the vessel on your right (starboard).
- It is the responsibility of the participant/operator to slow down, steer away, or stop to avoid any and all possible collisions
- If meeting another vessel head on, operator should steer to the right.
- When overtaking another vessel, it should be done to the left (port side).
- If renting a powerboat, you must give way/yield to all sailboats.
- If tubing (or any other activity involving a tow line) behind a power boat rented to you by Lemon Marina Rentals, LLC you must observe the following rules:
- People being towed should be kept a safe distance from the vessel.
- A spotter (not the operator) must be used while towing people behind the vessel.
- Tow lines should be outside the vessel and clear of the prop so that when towing begins, the tow line cannot catch any participant in the vessel.
- When tow activities have ceased, tow lines are to be properly stowed aboard the vessel before starting the engine.
- Additionally, please use supplied tie-downs and bumpers only and completely untie them and put them completely inside the boat while boat is in operation to avoid them falling in the water and getting snagged on either yours or another boat’s propeller. Bumpers must be placed out anytime you dock or tie up to another boat to protect the boat.