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This handbook is published by Boat Ed, the official provider of Rhode Island's boating safety course. Although this handbook is a convenient reference tool, students wanting to receive official Rhode Island boating safety certification would benefit from studying Boat Ed's comprehensive boat safety course.

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Handbook of Rhode Island Boating Laws and ResponsibilitiesIn This Handbook

Boating Basics includes: vessel length and capacity, fueling, float plans, navigational rules, U.S. Aids to Navigation, weather and other boating emergencies, and personal watercraft (PWC) basics.

It's the Law includes: registering information, registration fees, display of numbers, legal operating age, required equipment, unlawful operation, boating under the influence, reporting accidents, enforcement, environmental restrictions, and laws governing PWC and vessels towing skiers.

Rhode Island enforcement officers patrol our waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the suggestions outlined in this handbook as well as the rules of common courtesy while operating your boat.

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