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Boating Safety

  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 NH 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 NH Marine Patrol Bureau at or call (888) 254-2125 or(603) 267-7256.