Safe Boating Tips
- Don't Overload --Observe passenger
and weight limits.
- 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
- Know the Water -- Always carry a chart
- In an Accident -- Personal safety comes
first; report all injuries and damage.
- Water and Alcohol Don't Mix -- Boating
while intoxicated is against the law.
- Use Your Lights -- All boats operating
after sunset until sunrise must display visible lights.
- Hunting is Prohibited while under power
from a motor, as is carrying a loaded firearm (unless you
possess a N.H. pistol permit).
- Dumping and Littering
are Illegal, and punishable as a misdemeanor (up to a year
in jail and/or a $2,000 fine).
- 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).
- Take a Boating Safety Course -- Contact the N.H. Marine Patrol Bureau at www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/ss/boatinged/index.html or call 888-254-2125 or 603-267-7256.