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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed Louisiana Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Louisiana Boater Education Certificate.

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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Louisiana, you must have a Certificate of Number (registration) and validation decals to operate a motorboat or sailboat legally on public waters. A motorboat is defined as any vessel equipped with or propelled by any type of machinery whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion. The only exceptions are:

  • A sailboat 12 feet or less in length
  • A sailboard
  • A motorboat/sailboat documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), unless it is a recreational use vessel
  • A motorboat/sailboat with valid registration in another state or country, on the waters of Louisiana for 90 or fewer consecutive days