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Here are some tips to boat safely, compliments of the Freedom Boat Club (hyperlink). These are based on Coast Guard Regulations (The Unified Rules) and Massachusetts Boating Laws.
Boating under the influence
Massachusetts has some of the strictest Boating Under the Influence (BUI) laws in the country. They are very similar to laws for operating your vehicle under the influence, including losing your motor vehicle drive’ers license, arrest and/or jail time and potential seizure of the vessel.
A blood alcohol level above .08% is considered BUI. Use good judgment
Child life jackets
All children under the age of 12 must wear a properly fitted life jacket at all times when on the water. Freedom Boat Club recommends a custom-fit one that children will be comfortable in and enjoy.
When navigating inside most inner waterways such as jetties, rivers and marinas, keep to a maximum of 5 miles per hour headway speed. Most no-wake zones are marked and are strictly enforced. Be aware: You may be stopped and/or boarded if moving too fast.
It is illegal to toss any garbage from a boat while anywhere in lakes, rivers, bays, sounds and offshore less than three miles. Violations include stiff fines up to $50,000 and or jail time. Freedom Boat Club recommends you carry a trash bag with you when heading out and ensure all trash is disposed of properly.
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