Rules change for boat renters


Beginning July 1, those renting a boat will have to take a class and pass an exam before taking the boat on the water.

The new law applies to anyone born after 1989.

It comes at a time boat rental companies see a lot of business.

“They get in big old boats and they just plow on through sometimes if they don't know the rules," said Joel Hutchison with Safe Harbor Boat Rental.

Lawmakers figured if boat owners need to be licensed to drive a boat so do boat renters.

“You’re sending people out with very little experience a lot of times,” said Hutchison.

Every weekend Hutchison sends strangers out in his fleet of pontoons and fishing boats.

The new law gives him peace of mind.

“There are no lines on the lake and you have to know the rules of right of way,” said Hutchison.

Boaters sharing the water like it too.

“It’s a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if you don't take it seriously,” said boater Eoin Carr.

You can take the class through TWRA.

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Liz Lohuis joined the News4 team as a general assignment reporter in January 2016.

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