Boating is a great American pastime and all boaters know there is something special about being on the water. The state of New York wants to make sure that boating stays safe and fun so there are a number of regulations you need to follow. First, you must make sure the operator of your watercraft is properly licensed or meets the necessary pre-requisites to operate the specific craft. Secondly, it’s important to make sure that your watercraft is properly registered and meets the state requirements for safety. Read through our boating articles to get an idea of exactly how to make sure you’re ready to get on the water and be safe.
Most new boats must be registered through the New York Department of Motor Vehicles before they can be sailed.
==VESSELS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION==
# Any powerboat sailing in New York waters
==VESSELS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION==
# Boats registered in another state and not being used in New York for more than 90 days
# Commercial boats owned by the United states or another country
# Any boat that is propelled only by oars or paddles
# A ship's lifeboat
# Racing boats brought into the State for racing
==TO REGISTER IN PERSON==
* You can register a boat in person by visi
New York requires a Boater Education Card for boaters, and not a boating license. The regulatory authority for the card is [http://www.dmv.com/redirect?url=http://nysparks.com/parks/ New York State Parks].
Since May 1st 2014 a new law became effective for New York boaters. This law requires all individuals born on or after 5/1/96 to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses are offered by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons.