Originally Posted by boristhebold
And perhaps all boating magazines should be heavily encouraged to stop including pictures of leisure boats or adverts which show people not wearing a lifejacket or a kill cord. Thinking particulay of last edition of powerboat and rib mag with a picture ...
Back in 1997 at IMTEC97, a major boat industry trade show in the U.S., I picked up a press kit from Zodiac that included a one page guide for photographing their vessels for publication. I posted it (then on rbbi.com) and encouraged other boat builders to develop similar guidelines for photographing their vessels.
Zodiac's 1997 document was specific to the RIB business and seems relevant so I am copying it below:
A Message on Photography ... From Zodiac of North America
Everyone is interested in boating safety. We at Zodiac recognize a responsibility to ensure that our boats are properly and safely depicted whenever they are represented. With that in mind, we have developed the following general guidelines for photography, video scenes and illustrations of any Zodiac product used for promotion, public relations, advertising and any other representation for the company. We hope that you, too, will find these guidelines useful. If we can be of assistance, please contact us.
Boats Not In Motion
- No drinking and driving. It probably goes without saying but, please, no alcoholic beverages shown while operating Zodiacs.
- Boats need to be in compliance with regulations. Please double check with local authorities prior to any photo session to be sure that you are in compliance.
- No actions that are in violation of boating, fish and game, and other regulations.
Scenes include boats at anchor, moored, on the beach, car topped and any other circumstances showing a boat not moving through the water.
Boats In Motion
- People may be shown without PFD's on, but it is helpful to have PFD's in the picture.
- No one should be shown in a boat in davits.
RBBI comment: a davit a "crane" used to lower a boat over the side to the water.
- Make sure the boat is not overloaded or overpowered.
Scenes include boats under motor or oar power, floating, being towed, or under sail.
Thank you for your help in promoting safe boating.
Zodiac of North America,
- All people in or on a Zodiac must be shown wearing a personal floatation device. It may be inflatable, belt positioned or any such items available on the market.
- Boats may not be overloaded or overpowered.
- People may not sit on tubes above steerageway speeds (5 mph).
- People may not stand or appear to be standing unless they are in a boat equipped with a "stand-up console" arrangement.
- No bow riding. Individuals may sit in the bow, not on the tube, of a boat moving at slow speed, being rowed or floating.
- no wake jumping (it is illegal in most areas). A boat may be shown "jumping" off a wave when it is not represented as part of a boat wake (check regulations).
- Use of the safety stop switch lanyard is required whenever a motor is in use.