The Boater’s Guide of New Hampshire: A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities is the official boating handbook developed for the New Hampshire Marine Patrol. The handbook introduces you to New Hampshire laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation on NH waterways.
Get out on one of New Hampshire's 1,300 lakes and ponds or take advantage of the beautiful NH coast. With so many pristine lakes, beaches, and idyllic ponds, New Hampshire offers plenty of boating and water sports opportunities for everyone.
Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable. Remember, safety on New Hampshire waterways is the responsibility of all boaters.
You may have heard that you need a boating license to operate your boat, but what you really need is a boaters safety course. Whether or not your state requires education, it can reduce boating accidents and injuries on the water. Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the waterways.
Persons at least 16 years old who operate a motorboat over 25 horsepower or a ski craft must successfully complete a New Hampshire-approved boat education course.