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Do I need a boat license or cert in NEW YORK STATE???

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  • Do I need a boat license or cert in NEW YORK STATE???

    Do you need to have a boat cert or license to drive a boat in ny state? Just wonder because I took the course like 3 years ago and lost my card that I had and went to my local ny state office which they told me they didnt have on file.
    So my main questions is do I actully need one to be legal or will I get a ticket if I can show a form?

    PLEASE DONT TELL ME I SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE OVER AGAIN SINCE I ALREADY HAVE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

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    Re: Do I need a boat license or cert in NEW YORK STATE???

    no you don't need one in NY state

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      Re: Do I need a boat license or cert in NEW YORK STATE???

      Originally posted by dkorzun21 View Post
      Do you need to have a boat cert or license to drive a boat in ny state? Just wonder because I took the course like 3 years ago and lost my card that I had and went to my local ny state office which they told me they didnt have on file.
      So my main questions is do I actully need one to be legal or will I get a ticket if I can show a form?

      PLEASE DONT TELL ME I SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE OVER AGAIN SINCE I ALREADY HAVE IN HIGH SCHOOL.
      Well..in fact..NY Statute #12345 clearly states : Lose your card - operator MUST re-take the course 15 times..in a week, at a cost of $4500 dollars.
      Sorry...That's your tax dollars at work...
      Nec aspera terrent

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        Re: Do I need a boat license or cert in NEW YORK STATE???

        Originally posted by marine4003 View Post
        Well..in fact..NY Statute #12345 clearly states : Lose your card - operator MUST re-take the course 15 times..in a week, at a cost of $4500 dollars.
        Sorry...That's your tax dollars at work...

        so you obv dont know. lol but thanks bud you have helped me out alot in the past. Just dont want to spend 80 buck and sit in a class room for another 6 hours if i dont truly need one

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        • #5
          Re: Do I need a boat license or cert in NEW YORK STATE???

          Not if you are 18 or older, or are not operating a PWC.

          This is from the NYS Boater's Guide, put out by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation:

          Age of legal operation:

          In order to operate a boat in NYS without adult supervision
          individuals must be at least 18 years of age or have successfully
          completed a safe boating course and be between the ages of 10 and 18. Individuals less than 18 years of age who have
          not successfully completed a boating safety course may
          only operate a vessel while under the direct supervision of
          an individual who is 18 years of age or older. The required
          boating safety certificate must be carried by the minor at all
          times while operating the boat.

          Although not mandatory, except of PWC operation, adult
          boating education is strongly recommended. Courses are
          available from many different organizations, usually at a
          nominal fee. You may contact the Boat/US Foundation at
          1-800-336-BOAT for the location of a course near you, or
          visit our website.

          For PWC's:

          New York requires that anyone operating a personal
          watercraft complete an approved course in boating safety or
          otherwise be accompanied, on board, by someone 18 years of
          age or older who is the holder of an approved boating safety
          certificate. Certificates are required to be carried at all times
          when operating the personal watercraft.
          An approved course of instruction includes an 8-hour
          classroom session and a proctored examination. Certificates
          issued by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power
          Squadron are acceptable alternative certification under state
          law. Previously issued young boater safety certificates, issued
          by the State of New York, are also acceptable.
          An operator who is the resident of another state or country
          and is the holder of a valid boating safety certificate issued
          pursuant to the laws of the operatorís resident state or country
          isexemptfromtheNYScertificationrequirementhowevert hey
          must have the certificate with them when operating.
          The following individuals are exempt from the personal
          watercraft educational requirements: both U.S. and Canadian
          licensed commercial vessel operators, NYS certified boating
          instructors, certified instructorsof the U.S. Coast Guard and the
          U.S. Power Squadrons, peace/police officers, fire/rescue per-
          sonnel and lifeguards acting pursuant to their assigned duties
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            Re: Do I need a boat license or cert in NEW YORK STATE???

            Originally posted by dkorzun21 View Post
            so you obv dont know. lol but thanks bud you have helped me out alot in the past. Just dont want to spend 80 buck and sit in a class room for another 6 hours if i dont truly need one
            Nope...i dont have a clue...but i am funny..
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