Boating in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Lifejacket Laws

All boats are required to carry at least one Coast Guard-approved, wearable lifejacket for each person on board. Children’s Lifejacket Law In Rhode Island, passengers 13 years of age and under a...

Rhode Island’s Boater Education Requirements

Any person born after January 1st, 1986, must successfully complete a Boating Safety Course in order to operate a motorized boat that exceeds 10 horsepower. Anyone who operates a personal watercraft (...

Rhode Island’s Laws for Negligent Boat Operation

It is illegal to operate any boat or to 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. Fo...

Rhode Island’s Boating Law Enforcement

Boating laws in Rhode Island are enforced by: The Department of Environmental Management. Harbor masters and assistant harbormasters. Police officers authorized to make arrests. Employees of the Depar...