About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed North Carolina Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your North Carolina Boater Education Certificate.

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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In North Carolina, you must have a North Carolina Certificate of Number (registration) and a validation decal to operate your vessel legally on public waters. The only exceptions are:

  • A non-motorized vessel
  • Sailboats 14 feet or less in length
  • Vessels documented with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)