About the Study Guide

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

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Requirements for vessel registration vary from state to state. In Rhode Island, you must have a Certificate of Number (registration card) and validation decals to operate your vessel legally on Rhode Island’s public waters. The only exceptions are:

  • A vessel properly registered in another state using Rhode Island waters for 90 days or less or vessels from another country temporarily using Rhode Island waters
  • Ship’s lifeboats or vessels used only for racing
  • A rowboat less than 12 feet long, unless motorized
  • A canoe or kayak, unless motorized