There are many good reasons to enjoy leisure and vacation on the water. Discover the water as a place for new experiences, natural recreation, togetherness with friends and family, or for sporting activity and fun. Getting started in boating is easy. With a little practice and the right information, anyone can safely operate a boat and enjoy the great freedom on the water. Boats with a motorization of up to 15 hp (11.03 KW) are even allowed to be driven without a driver's license. The new regulation is valid on all federal waterways (inland and seaward) with the exception of the Rhine. The minimum age is 16 years.
Lots of driving fun For novice boaters, the new options mean lots of driving fun right from the start. The range of possibilities is wide. From small sport boats for quick trips in leisure time to motor and sailing yachts where you can spend a whole vacation. Nevertheless, some important rules should be known before taking off with the sailing yacht or motor boat.
The most important ones have been compiled by the Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft in a very practical information brochure: how to prepare for a boat trip, tips for mooring and unmooring, the most important seaman's knots, introduction to reading nautical charts and sea marks, right of way rules, light guidance, sound signals, behavior at bridges and locks - all this can be found in the handbook for boaters (see link above).