The Fort Lauderdale boating scene is vibrant and diverse, making it a prominent hub for boating enthusiasts. Situated along the southeastern coast of Florida, Fort Lauderdale is often referred to as the "Venice of America" due to its extensive network of waterways and canals. Luxury yachts and mega-boats are a common sight in Fort Lauderdale, showcasing the city's reputation as a yachting capital.

Adhering to the regulations set forth by the local jurisdiction, federal government, and the particular facility being utilized is a fundamental responsibility for every boater. Whether you're utilizing GetMyBoat, it's crucial to align with the overall guidelines and specific regulations of your operating region. This entails obtaining the necessary licenses and permits, employing suitable boats and qualified captains, and ensuring the correct pick-up and drop-off locations for passengers.

The 2022 Florida Boating Safety Act (SB 606):

The Florida Boating Safety Act of 2022 (SB 606) introduced significant safety measures for water activities, taking effect on January 1, 2023. This legislation prioritizes enhancing water safety by imposing stricter regulations for rule violators, establishing protocols for boat rentals, and enforcing enhanced operational requisites for boat rental services.


For boat rentals, individuals are mandated to obtain commercial boat insurance to cover any financial liability resulting from potential boat damage or injuries sustained by individuals using the rented boat.

We partner with Boat Charter Insurance who can assist with obtaining the proper coverage for your vessel.

Vessel Titling and Registration:

To register or title a vessel, one should visit the county tax collector or license plate agent Ownership validation can be established through various valid documents such as a bill of sale, builder's contract, manufacturer's document, federal marine document, or another pertinent record. If a boat requires titling, this should be secured prior to the registration process.

Further information can be accessed through Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Florida Fish and Wildlife:

Conducting guided sea fishing trips in exchange for currency requires obtaining a specialized license, such as a Charter Captain or Boat License. In Florida, compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations is mandatory for individuals guiding saltwater fishing expeditions. Those operating boats for hire must hold either a Captain's license or a Merchant Mariner Credential.

A Charter Captain License grants certified captains the ability to work on diverse boats, requiring a valid Coast Guard License for operating passenger-carrying vessels. Any boat utilized by a charter captain for business purposes must be either commercially registered or possess a U.S. Coast Guard certificate indicating its appropriateness for commercial utilization.

Charter Boat Licenses are designated for specific vessels and are only valid for the assigned boat, intended for commercial operations. To obtain this license, one must demonstrate the vessel's commercial registration or a special certificate from the U.S. Coast Guard permitting business use.

Procuring an FWC Charter Captain license necessitates possession of a Coast Guard Captain's license. For details about the Coast Guard Captain's license, individuals can reach out to 1-888-427-5662. Additionally, comprehensive information about USCG charter boat captains is available on the USCG website.

Captain's License:

Every captain must possess a valid U.S. Coast Guard license and provide a copy to the Commission for verification. A Master's Captain's license is required for vessels carrying more than 6 passengers, whereas a 6-pack license suffices for vessels with 6 or fewer passengers. The captain assumes responsibility for the boat's safety and the well-being of all occupants. To obtain this license, inquiries can be made at Mariners Learning System - USCG. Use the promo code GETMYBOAT10 for 10% off all products.

Boating Safety Card:

Acquiring a Boating Safety Card is imperative if one plans to operate a boat in Florida with an engine exceeding 10 horsepower and was born after January 1, 1988. This requirement is applicable for bookings where a captain is not included.

Passenger Pick Up/ Drop Off:

Numerous sites allow for boat drop-offs and pickups for rentals, and here are a couple with designated passenger zones. Before finalizing your arrangements, make sure to verify the pickup and drop-off guidelines with the marina or dock.

  • Alsdorf Park Public Boat Launch: Located at 2901 NE 14th St, Pompano Beach, FL 33062,
  • Griffin Marine Park: Located at 2987 SW 45th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312,
  • Snook Creek Public Boat Ramp: Located at 2351 Powerline Rd, Wilton Manors, FL 33311,

Additional Materials

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Boating Regulations