Orlando, Florida, is renowned for its famous theme parks, but it also serves as a central point for boat enthusiasts. Many people enjoy exploring the city's natural beauty and wildlife through boating. Orlando boasts over 100 lakes and waterways, providing an excellent backdrop for various boating adventures.
Every operator affiliated with GetMyBoat is obligated to operate within the bounds of the law and adhere to all local regulations. This entails securing the necessary registrations, licenses, permits, and satisfying vessel and captain prerequisites. Operators must also use designated docks and approved commercial boating areas while abiding by any additional stipulations set forth by local laws and facility regulations. To assist you in this regard, we have compiled crucial information for boating in Orlando.
The Florida Boating Safety Act of 2022 (SB 606):
Florida's new Boating Safety Act of 2022 (SB 606 ) took effect on January 1, 2023. It aims to make Florida's waterways safer by increasing penalties for violations, requiring boat rental operators to obtain a permit, and introducing new safety requirements for boat rental operations.
Every captain must possess a valid U.S. Coast Guard license and provide a copy to the Commission for verification. Vessels accommodating six or fewer passengers necessitate a 6-pack license, while those with more than six passengers must secure a Master's Captain's license. Each captain bears full responsibility for the safe operation of the charter boat and the well-being of all individuals on board. Further information on obtaining the license can be accessed through Mariners Learning System & USCG.
Boating Safety Education Card:
If your birth date falls on or after January 1, 1988, and you plan to operate a boat in Florida waters equipped with an engine of 10 horsepower or more, possession of a Boating Safety Card is mandatory. Visit the FWC website for additional details.
To ensure the safety of passengers, protect your business, and comply with legal requirements while operating a boat rental service, it is crucial to have the appropriate insurance coverage. For guidance regarding the necessary coverage, please get in touch with our partner, BCI
Vessel Titling and Registration:
To register your boat, a visit to the county tax collector or license plate agent is required. Ownership can be demonstrated by providing a bill of sale, builder's contract, manufacturer's document, federal marine document, or another accepted document. If your boat requires titling, this process must be completed before obtaining registration. Additional information can be found at Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Passenger Pick Up/ Drop Off:
Many locations permit boat drop-offs and pickups for rentals, and here are a couple with designated passenger areas. Prior to your arrangements, make sure to confirm the pickup and drop-off policies with the marina or dock.
- Randolph Street Boat Ramp: Located at 5638 Randolph Ave, Orlando, FL 32809
- Lake Ivanhoe Boat Ramp:Located at 344 NE Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804
Florida Fish and Wildlife:
Prior to embarking on paid saltwater fishing excursions in Florida's waters, it is imperative to obtain a special license, specifically the Charter Captain or Boat License. In order to guide individuals in saltwater fishing, strict adherence to U.S. Coast Guard regulations is mandatory. Operators of boats available for hire must possess either a Captain's license or a Merchant Mariner Credential.
The Charter Captain License permits certified captains to work on various vessels, necessitating a valid Coast Guard License for passenger-carrying vessels for eligibility. Furthermore, any vessel used by a charter captain for commercial purposes must either be registered for commercial use or possess a specialized certificate from the U.S. Coast Guard that authorizes commercial activities.
Charter Boat Licenses are vessel-specific and can only be utilized for the designated boat. These licenses are intended for boats employed for business purposes and require proof of registration for commercial use or a special certificate from the U.S. Coast Guard that sanctions commercial operations.
To obtain an FWC Charter Captain license, a prerequisite is holding a Coast Guard Captain's license. For detailed information on the Coast Guard Captain's license, please contact 1-888-427-5662 or refer to the USCG website
- Commercial boats need all USCG-required safety equipment and any extra gear specified by the FLHSMV, such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, alarms, and distress signals.
- To sell saltwater products in Florida, get a Commercial Saltwater License (SPL)
- Orlando City Business Tax Receipt is mandatory for any business operating within Orlando city limits.
- Each operator of a commercial boat must hold a valid Florida commercial boat operator's license.
- Vessels must follow posted speed limits on Orlando lakes, with a daytime limit of 36 miles per hour and 20 miles per hour at night.
- Commercial Boats must follow noise rules, with a typical limit of 80 decibels at 50 feet.
- Boat operators must not drink alcohol while operating a vessel
- Vessels must undergo a yearly safety check administered by an accredited inspector.