The Official Maine Boater Safety Handbook

The Official Boat Safety Exam Study Guide

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Stay up to date with ME laws governing boating and safe vessel operation with the boating handbook of Maine Department of Natural Resources.

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Maine Specific

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.

Boating Basics

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.

It's the Law!

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.

  • Boat ramp etiquette
  • Boating safety tips
  • Local regulations

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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.

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