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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Massachusetts, you must have a Massachusetts Certificate of Number (boat registration) to operate a motorboat legally on Massachusetts waters. Exceptions to registration are:

  • Vessels without any kind of motor (unpowered canoes, sailboats, or tenders)
  • Vessels properly registered in another state and using Massachusetts waters for 60 or fewer consecutive days
  • Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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