Safe Boating Tips

  1. Don't Overload --Observe passenger and weight limits.

  2. Wear Life Jackets or Vests -- State law requires one wearable life preserver for each person in a boat. All children age 12 or under must wear an approved vest or jacket.

  3. Know the Water -- Always carry a chart (map).

  4. In an Accident -- Personal safety comes first; report all injuries and damage.

  5. Water and Alcohol Don't Mix -- Boating while intoxicated is against the law.

  6. Use Your Lights -- All boats operating after sunset until sunrise must display visible lights.

  7. Hunting is Prohibited while under power from a motor, as is carrying a loaded firearm (unless you possess a N.H. pistol permit).

  8. Dumping and Littering are Illegal, and punishable as a misdemeanor (up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine).

  9. Don't Harass Wildlife -- Killing or deliberately harassing water birds through the operation of a boat is "Taking" wildlife (fines of $1,000 or more, and loss of fishing license).

  10. Take a Boating Safety Course -- Contact the N.H. Marine Patrol Bureau; click to visit or call 888-254-2125 or 603-267-7256.

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NH Fish and Game Dept.
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Concord, NH 03301

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