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State Boating Laws

Want to know more about your state's boating laws or how they compare with boating laws in other states? The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators offers this reference guide to promote greater uniformity in state boating laws and to facilitate the enforcement and administration of such laws.

NASBLA Boating Law Manual Online, Released 2008

Reference Guide to State Boating Laws

The Reference Guide to State Boating Laws answers a number of questions related to recreational boating safety public law. Topics covered include boating education, operator age, water skiing, boat noise, numbering & titling, personal watercraft, boating under the influence, personal flotation devices and more.

The data in the guide was supplied by the states and collectively updated during 2007. Data can also be updated by boating law administrators (or designates) for the individual states.

The information is subject to change at any time and facts should be verified with the BLAs if there are any questions.

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1.1 Comercial Vessels
1.2 White Water
1.3 Search & Rescue
2.1 Boating Education Requirements
2.2 Education Exemptions
2.3 Exams and License/Certificate Issuance
2.4 Providers of Education Courses
2.5 Minors, Powerboats Personal Watercraft
2.6 Minimum Ages for Education Certification
2.7 Mandatory Boat Operator Licensing
2.8 Minimum Ages for Non-PWC Vessels
2.9 Minimum Ages for Non-Powered Vessels
3.1 Education Reciprocity
3.2 Wallet-Sized Certificates
3.3 Challenge Exams
3.4 Online Courses & Proctoring
4.1 Water Skiing
4.2 Water Skiing
4.3 Motorboat Noise
4.4 Marine Sanitation Devices
4.5 Marine Sanitation Devices
4.6 Personal Watercraft Operation
4.7 Personal Watercrafts and Skiers
4.8 Personal Watercraft Restrictions
4.9 Life Jackets
5.1 Blood Alcohol Content
5.2 Boating Under the Influence
5.3 BUI Saturation Patrols & Checkpoints
5.4 Alcohol Testing for BUI
5.5 Test Usage in Criminal Evidence
5.6 Field Sobriety Tests
5.7 Portable BUI Equipment
5.8 Negligent Operation of a Vessel
5.9 Probable Cause
6.1 Towing Distressed Vessels
6.2 Liability Insurance
6.3 On-Water Pursuits
6.4 Transporting Subjects, Accident Victims, Guests
6.5 Officer Safety
6.6 Towing Distressed Vessels
6.7 First Responders, First Aid, Good Samaritans, Search and Rescue
6.8 Inter-agency Interacton
6.9 Investigation of Theft & Fraud
7.1 Employment
7.2 Firearms
7.3 Deadly Force
7.4 Volunteers
7.5 BUI Checkpoints
7.6 Patrol Time
7.7 Carrying Emergency Equipment
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