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Boating in N.H.

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Ten Tips for Safe Boating

  1. Don’t Overload Carry only the specified limit for your craft and don’t sit on the gunwales or the transom.
  2. Wear Life Jackets or Vests State law requires one wearable life preserver for each person in a boat. Kids 12 and under must wear a life preserver.
  3. Know the Water Always carry a chart (map) of the waters you are boating on.
  4. In an Accident Your first obligation is to save lives and help the injured. Call N.H. Marine Patrol: (603) 293-2037.
  5. Water and Alcohol Don’t Mix Sixty percent of recent boating fatalities in N.H. are alcohol-related. Don’t drink and boat—the .08 law applies to boaters, too!
  6. Use Your Lights All boats operating after sunset must display lights to be visible to other boaters.
  7. Use Caution When passing within 150 feet of another boat, swimmers, rafts, shore, docks, or mooring fields, you must be at headway speed.
  8. Don’t Use the Water as a Dump It is illegal to litter or discharge sewage into the water.
  9. Don’t Harass Wildlife All wildlife are protected on the state’s waters, subject to strict hunting and fishing regulations.
  10. Take a Boating Safety Course For info call Boating Education at (603) 267-7256.

GENERAL BOATING INFORMATION

Marine Patrol Headquarters
(603) 293-2037

Motor Restrictions
Division of Safety Services
(603) 293-2037

BOATING SAFETY COURSES

  • Classes offered year-round by
    N.H. Marine Patrol
  • Many locations throughout the state.
  • Open to any boater over 14 years of age.
  • Online study materials.
  • NASBLA approved.
  • Satisfies requirements of mandatory boating education law.
  • For class schedule, call N.H. Marine Patrol at 1-888-254-2125.
  • Be smart — boat safe!

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