Georgia Boat Laws (Section 52-7-1 to 52-7-26)

Practice Area photoLegal Commentary. The Georgia laws that govern boating and boat safety are the guidelines for legal boat operation in Georgia. If you consider hiring a Georgia boat accident attorney, he should have a thorough understanding of the below statutes, as well as the caselaw interpreting applicability of the law to a particular boat accident.

Boat operation in Georgia should be a safe and fun means of recreation and transportation. However, ignorance or indifference to the rules governing boat operation can lead to dangerous situations for both the boat operator and the passengers. These statutes below are intended to protect boaters by providing safe practices that should be employed every time you step on a boat.
Too often, the victim of a boating accident may suffer an injury such as a severe head, neck or spine injuries or even wrongful death because of the reckless disregard of someone else, who does not understand the laws created to boaters in Georgia.

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Applicable to Use, Operation, and Equipment of Vessels (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-2) The Terms Used Throughout the Article Stating the Laws Relating to the Operation, Equipment, and Use of Vessels are Outlined Below (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-3) All Vessels Should Be Numbered, Unless Specifically Stated Otherwise Elsewhere in the Article (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-4) Application for Numbering; Placement of Numbers (O.C.G.A § 52-7-5) Exemptions from Numbering (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-6) Dealers' Vessels (O.C.G.A. § 57-7-7) Assigned Hull Identification Number Requirements; Punishments (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-7.1) Hull Identification Numbers on New Vessels (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-7.2) Forfeiture if Vessel Without Hull Identification Number (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-7.3) Not Subject to Replevin (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-7.4) Conterfeit Hull Identification Number; Penalties (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-7.5) Vessel Classifications; Required Equipment (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-8) Definitions; Limitations on Operation (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-8.2) Age Requirement (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-8.3) Boat Liveries (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-9) Engine Exhaust Requirements; Exemptions; Noise Level Testing (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-10) Lights (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-11) Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12) Reckless Operation (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.1) Homicide (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.2) Feticide by Vessel (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.3) Serious Injury by Vessel (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.4) Drug Testing; Implied Consent; Penalties (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.5) Suspension; Reinstatement; Penalties (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12.6) Boating Safety Zones; Restrictions; Exceptions (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-13) Collisions or Accidents; Reporting Accidents (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-14) Transmission to Agencies (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-15) Towing Persons on Water Skis, Aquaplane, or Surfboard (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-16) Speed and Load Restrictions; Riding Restrictions (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-17) Regulations of Regattas, Boat Races, Marine Parades, Tournaments, or Exhibitions (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-19) Adoption of Local Laws (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-21) Authorization for Boating Safety and Boating Education Programs (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-22) Authorization of Board of Natural Resources (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-23) Publication (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-24) Enforcement (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-25) Penalties (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-26)