Boating Basics for First Time BoatersCourtesy of BennettMarine.com
So you’ve just bought a boat. Now what? Make sure you’re registered and insured before you hit the water to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
It is a federal law that you register your boat in the state of primary use. Each state has its own process. For local how-to information, dates, fees and applications, select your state below.
District of Columbia
Make sure your boat registration is on board at all times!
Accidents happen. Protect your boat and its passengers with a boat-owners insurance policy, which can insure you against most risks of owning and operating your boat, its motor and its trailer. Risks may include: sinking, fire, storms, theft, capsizing, stranding, collision or explosion.
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