Many states are passing building codes that require new boat manufacturers and sellers to conform to certain building codes prior to being granted a building permit. These codes are intended to help make the boating experience safer for everyone on the water. Boats have been a source of waterborne risks for many years and these codes help to reduce these risks. Boat manufacturers have been required to follow specific guidelines concerning the design and construction of boats, but now that the new season is open everyone should take advantage of these codes. Boat manufactures can be held liable if a boat manufacturer does not follow the law and allows someone to be injured on a boat.
Building codes for boat home installations can vary by state. Each state has its own specifications regarding floor plan, foundation, boat platform, door arrangements and windows. Although some states require the use of windows and sliding glass doors, others do not and a person looking to purchase a boat home should be aware of this when making their selection. The codes are there for a reason; they are there to make boating a more enjoyable experience for all who may take a ride in one.
By keeping the building codes as they are you are taking the necessary steps to ensure your safety. In some cases codes will be adjusted or waived so long as the changes do not alter the safety of boating. A great way to get an idea of what the current building codes for boat home installations are in your area is to contact your local boating association. Many associations will provide a database that will allow you to search for the codes yourself. If you choose to take this route, it is a good idea to get the advice of a professional.