June 10 – 16, 2022Vol. 24, No. 1

Maine’s First Boating License Law To Take Effect in 2024

Fifteen-year-old Benjamin is at the helm! (Is he legal? Read on further for the answer!)

by Dick Greenan

By now, most of you have heard about the pending legislation that boaters younger than 25 would be required to pass an education and safety course prior to January 2024 in order to operate a boat on Maine’s lakes and rivers, excluding for the time being, the coastal waters. Well, it’s no longer pending and will now be the law, effective January 1, 2024.

The Rationale:

Summary of the Law:

Maine Approved On-line Boating Safety Course

The suggested Maine Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the United States Coast Guard, in addition to meeting standards of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program and the U.S. Boating Education Standards.

So, is Benjamin legal?

Fortunately, although Benjamin is only 15 years old, he is driving an 8 hp Evinrude, well under the 25 hp minimum. By the way, Ben also satisfies the 10 year old lifejacket requirement.

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