The Maine Boater Safety Handbook
The Official Boating Handbook of the Maine Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Maine game wardens, Maine Marine Patrol officers, local harbor masters, and other law enforcement officers enforce the boating laws of Maine. U.S. Coast Guard officers also patrol and have enforcement authority on federally controlled waters.
Game wardens and other law enforcement officers have the authority to stop and board your vessel in order to check that you are complying with state and federal laws.
It is illegal to refuse to follow the directive of a person with law enforcement authority. An operator who has received a visual or audible signal from a law enforcement officer must bring his or her vessel to a stop.