Florida Senate Bill 1242 – Salt Water Boat Act – Call to Action, Update & Good News

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Florida Senate Bill 1242 – Salt Water Boat Act – Call to Action, Update & Good News



The Murray Yacht Sales’ Team is concerned that the state of Florida has proposed legislation that could adversely impact your family time on the water.

The good news is that outcries from many directions has prevented the bill from passing in its current form. 

The Florida Senate Bill 1242 – Salt Water Boat Act would have limited the rights of minors to operate small powerboats (10 hp or greater) and sailboats (10’ or longer) in salt water without direct supervision of an adult over the age of 21. Due to extensive feedback from boating experts, combined with strong public support in opposition of this legislation, the bill was indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on Friday, May 5.

Indications are that Florida Senator Gary Farmer’s office will both be pursuing alternatives to his bill for the 2018 legislative session. 

We certainly understand that safety is an important consideration and support the goals of our government leaders to encourage and promote boating safety. 

It is very important that all Florida boaters help the legislators understand the true factors that provide for a safer boating environment: education, practice, mentoring and experience. These attributes are what  develop competency and safe boating practices. 

State Senator Gary Farmer’s Tallahassee Office

216 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5034


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