The waters of Maine state are a national and international resource. Recreational boating on these waters contributes to the well-being of both residents and visitors.
Safety on ME waterways is the responsibility of everyone. Use the handbook to familiarize yourself with the steps to make the outing safe and enjoyable.
Maine law enforcement officers patrol the waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the state boating laws and guidelines in this handbook.
Take the The Boater's Guide to Maine Boating Laws and Responsibilities with you on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Start the handbook on your NOOK, and continue reading on the go on your smartphone or computer.
The ME boating handbook is also available in free web and PDF versions.
Boater education prevents accidents and saves lives. Whether or not their state requires it, all boaters have a responsibility to learn about boat operation, communications, navigation, and life-saving techniques before taking to the water. Statistics bear out what logic suggests—those without boater education put themselves and others at risk.American Boating Association