2. Boating Rules & Regulations

Alaska’s Boating License and Life Jacket Requirements

Alaska’s Boating License There are no requirements for boaters to obtain and carry a Boater Education Card (commonly called a boating license) in Alaska. However, obtaining a Boating License will make you a safer and more confident boater. Alaska’s Age and Horsepower Restrictions There are no age restrictions or supervision requirements for boat operators in Alaska. Alaska’s […]

Alaska’s Litter Laws and Marine Environment

Litter Laws It is illegal to litter on either Alaska’s state waters or federal waters. In the event of accidental waste discharge, contact the Coast Guard’s Department of Environmental Conservation Area Response Team. Protecting Alaska’s Marine Environment and Mammals Boaters should stay at least 300 feet away from marine mammals or more if animals display […]

Protecting the Marine Environment

Boating and the Environment Responsible boaters understand that every time they place a boat in the water, they risk polluting the marine environment. Keep the waters clean by following both the federal and state laws that are in place to protect the environment. Unfortunately, the amount of garbage adrift on U.S. waterways is increasing. Floating […]

Boat Registration Requirements

Boat Registration and Documentation All motorized boats are required to be registered. Some states also require registration for non-motorized boats. These requirements will vary depending on the state in which you’re boating. Requirements for Registration Documentation and the External Display of Numbers When you register your boat with your state, you will receive a Registration […]

Boat Capacity and Horsepower Recommendations

Your Boat’s Gross Load Capacity and Horsepower Recommendations You must be aware of the federal regulations for your boat’s engine power (horsepower) and gross load capacity (maximum weight). According to federal law, motorized boats that are less than 20 feet in length must have a capacity plate in the steering or helm area. Understand that […]

Boat Registration Requirements in North Dakota

Boat Registration Requirements In order to legally operate a motorized boat in North Dakota, you must obtain a Certificate of Number (registration card) and validation decals. The Certificate of Number must be carried on board and be available for inspection by an enforcement officer during operation. Boat Registration Exemptions: Human-powered craft. Boats that are properly […]

Boat Registration and Titling Requirements in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Boat Registration Requirements In order to legally operate a motorized boat (including boats with trolling motors), you must obtain a Pennsylvania Certificate of Boat Registration (registration card) and validation decals. The Certificate of Number must be carried on board and be available for inspection by an enforcement officer during boat operation. Additionally, human-powered craft […]

Boating and Alcohol Laws in Arkansas

Boating and Alcohol: The Laws Boating and alcohol laws vary from state to state. In Arkansas no person shall operate any motorized boat while they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination thereof. In Arkansas, a person is considered to be under the influence if: They have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) […]

Reckless Boat Operation Laws in Arkansas

Arkansas’ Laws for Careless, Negligent and Reckless Boat Operation It is illegal in the state of Arkansas to operate any boat or manipulate any waterskis, aquaplane or similar device in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person. Examples of reckless boat operation include: Operating in […]

Boat Registration Requirements in Arkansas

Boat Registration and Titling In order to legally operate a sail-powered or motorized boat (including boats with trolling motors), you must obtain an Arkansas Certificate of Number (registration card) and validation decals. The Certificate of Number must be on board and be available for inspection by an enforcement officer during boat operation. Boat Registration Exemptions: Human-powered […]