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The following are requirements for boat operators on Michigan waters.

  • Those less than 12 years of age:
    • May operate a boat powered by a motor of no more than 6 horsepower (hp) legally without restrictions.
    • May operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 6 hp but no more than 35 hp legally only if they:
      • Have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat and…
      • Are directly supervised on board by a person at least 16 years of age.
    • May not operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 35 hp legally under any conditions.
  • Those born on or after July 1, 1996, may operate a boat legally only if they have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat.
  • Those born before July 1, 1996, may operate a boat legally without restrictions.
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