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All persons born after January 1, 1986, must receive a safe boating certificate from DEM, if they wish to operate a motor boat with more than 10 horsepower. Courses are available from several sources.
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Mooring space in town waters is limited. If you do not currently have a mooring, apply for the Mooring waiting list. Once a space becomes available in the requested area, that is suitable for your request, you will be notified by the Harbor Master.
Apply for the waiting list on the Online Mooring website https://my.onlinemooring.com/WesterlyRI/home.aspx There is an annual application fee. Persons on the Waiting List must reapply every year.
No. Mooring rentals are not permitted. Moorings may only be occupied by the registered permittee.
No. Mooring permits are issued for the exclusive, personal use of the permittee, for a boat registered in the name of the permittee. If you do not own a boat, you are not permitted to renew a mooring permit.
Moorings must be inspected annually, with a full lift and inspections every three years.
No. Moorings must be installed by an authorized mooring service provider.
Rhode Island law requires all children aged 12 and under to wear a life jacket while on a vessel under 26 feet at all times.
Yes. All persons regardless of age must complete a safe boating course and have their certificate with them at all times, while operating a PWC.