Rules for Use of BSS Boats

For purposes of these rules, any person riding in a BSS Boat is considered to be using that boat, no matter the age of the person, and no matter whether they are propelling the boat or merely riding as a passenger in the boat.

a.     No person may use a BSS Boat without wearing a life jacket (PFD).

b.     When borrowed, a BSS Boat may be used only for boating on Lake Barcroft.

c.      A BSS Boat must be returned and locked in its boat rack position no later than

d.     11:30 PM on the day the boat was borrowed. No BSS Boat may be removed

e.     from the boat racks between 11:30 PM and 4:00AM. This rule applies to boat owners unless they have arranged to reserve the boat for more than a day.

f.       Boat owners my reserve their boat(s) for up to three periods per calendar year, not to exceed 10 days total. The reservation must be arraigned with the BSS Locks Manager.

g.     BSS Boats are locked with padlocks that must be opened using a cell phone app. Each BSS participant is issued their own account for unlocking the padlocks, and the system informs BSS of the participant, time and date, and boat identification each time a padlock is unlocked. A BSS participant may not allow any other person to use their account to open a BSS padlock.  Once dues are paid, every adult member of a BSS participant’s household may become a BSS participant and obtain their own padlock account.



1.     Right-of-way. Mechanically-powered craft must yield to sail-powered craft, sail-powered craft must yield to craft powered by oars or paddles, and all watercraft must yield to swimmers or persons who are in the water for any other reason.

2.     No boat in motion may be closer to a swimmer than 30 feet, other than to provide assistance in a bona fide rescue situation.

3.     In no case may watercraft enter guarded and demarcated swimming areas other than to provide assistance in a bona fide rescue situation.

4.     At night any boat out on the water must have at least a flashlight with which to signal its presence when approached by another boat.

5.     “Slow zones” are established in areas of greatest danger to swimmers.  These “slow zones” include the areas shown on the map below; and within twenty feet of all shorelines, docks, demarcated beach swimming areas and other structures.

6.     Anchoring areas are restricted as shown below (and at