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The Earth has moved closer to the sun, and that means hot Summer days and warm nights. With the temperature rising, so too is the need to go outdoors and enjoy some of the fun activities that you can’t during the cold Winter. 

One of these options is getting on a boat, either at a lake, river, or ocean, and sailing around to your heart’s content. Before you do that, it’s important to take a few minutes and do some basic research. Here are some of the most asked questions about boating for both a boating novice and the most experienced of sailors.

Do You Need a Boating License to Drive a Boat?

Possibly. Most states only require that those driving a boat, regardless of the type of craft, take a safety course to ensure they can adequately steer and manage it. Other states do require a special license before you can take your vessel out onto the water. Look up the state requirements online to ensure that your day isn’t interrupted by some legal issues.

What Age Do You Have to Be to Drive a Boat?

Varies from State to State. Children as young as 12 can take the wheel so long as they have adult supervision in some areas. Others allow those between 12 and 16 years old to navigate so long as they have completed an approved introductory boating safety courses. The National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and state websites will have the information regarding where you are planning on going.

Do I Need to Register my Boat?

Yes. Even though each state makes up its own rules, such as what types are permitted and what areas they are permitted out, most do require that you register the type of vessel you have. Sometimes the type of vessel it is can limit its accessibility to the water, while other things like size can determine how often you’ll be able to hop behind the steering wheel. Do a search on “How to Register My Boat” to find out what to do and how to begin the process.