Boating Resources

Guides, articles, and tips to make life on the water even easier.

Boating Safety & Laws

Know Your State's Boating Laws

Know your rights. See the complete boat law administrator list.

Boating Safety Course

The Boat US Foundation offers the only online boating safety course developed specifically for your state. They also offer a wide range of advanced courses that will help you gain the knowledge to make you confident in any boating situation you encounter.

Know Your Boundaries

Use these step-by-step instructions to learn how to operate your boat. Includes engine and throttle operations, as well as tips on coming to a full stop, being careful with other boaters, and safety for additional passengers.

Wake Surfing Done Right

​In an effort to foster a peaceful environment on all waterways, Wake Responsibly is a campaign that educates homeowners and boaters about courteous behavior to ensure every moment on the lake is safe and enjoyable for all.


Choose to be or to designate a sober skipper before leaving the dock and "Take the Pledge". Do it for your family, your friends, your passengers and everyone else on board your boat and on the water.

Boating 101

Boat Checklist

Before you take your boat out, make sure you have the following safety accessories and gear on board:
  • Personal Flotation Device
  • VHF Radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Throwable Cushion or Ring
  • U.S. Coast Guard Kit
  • Convenient Boating Starter Kit

Get Your Gear

Don't forget the fun accessories as well! Find everything you need and more at

Boating Adventures Ahead

Enhance your boating knowledge and skills with these additional resources for a stress-free boating experience.

Y.E.S. Warranty information

Add Yamaha Extended Service - Y.E.S. - to your Yamaha and get a solid protection plan designed and administered by Yamaha just for Yamaha owners like you. It's coverage that can help you avoid the inconvenience of uncovered repairs.

Manuals & Guides

Limited Warranty

There's a lot that goes into owning a boat, but it should also be a rewarding experience. There's a lot you can do to make sure your time on a Yamaha boat is fun and that you're practicing safe habits.

Owner’s Manual

Before stepping on your boat, make sure you read the owner's manual for information on operation and safety.

Buy Your Service Manual

Servicing your own boat? Service manuals are now for purchase as a hardcopy or an eBook.

Maintenance Matters

Performance at its Best

Yamaha wants you to have an outstanding ownership experience. Maintenance plays a big part in that. Find everything you need on why Maintenance Matters.

Explore These Destinations


Lake Powell, Utah


Lake Powell is part of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, endless sunshine, warm water, perfect weather, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the west, it’s the ultimate boating playground.


Lake Havasu, Arizona


Unlike some other lakes in Arizona, Lake Havasu remains at a near constant water elevation year-round. WIth the city itself located along 60 continuous miles of lake and river waterways, it's the perfect destination for all types of water recreation.


Lake Cumberland, Kentucky


As one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S., Lake Cumberland is paradise for boaters looking for recreational fun. It's home to two Kentucky State Parks: Lake Cumberland State Resort Park and General Burnside State Park, both of which are ideal for fishing and lake vacations.


St. Johns River, Florida


A bit of hidden treasure, St. John’s River is one of only two rivers in the world that actually flows North. The river has long been revered by central and Northern Florida locals as an excellent boating, fishing, and camping location.


Bimini, Bahamas


Jutting up from the turquoise waters just 50 miles east of Miami, Bimini has always been a popular destination for boaters. No matter where you stay, the amount of activities the islands offer both on and off shore are endless.