The Official Massachusetts Boat Safety Handbook

Stay up to date with MA laws governing boating and safe boat operation with the boating handbook of the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources.

The Massachusetts Boater Safety Handbook

The Massachusetts Boater Safety Handbook is the official boating handbook developed for the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources. The handbook introduces you to Massachusetts laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation.

Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable. Remember, safety on Massachusetts waterways is the responsibility of all boaters.

Topics include:

  • Vessel Basics
  • Navigation Rules
  • Nighttime Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
  • Boating Laws and Regulations
  • Required Equipment
  • Skiing
  • And much more…

Free Version

This Massachusetts boating handbook is also available in free web and PDF versions.