Boating Blog

Pollution in Connecticut Waters

TRUTH BE TOLD Pollution in Connecticut waters is an issue.  It can be eliminated if everyone chips in.  In short, everyone doing simple things to clean the waters up will make a difference.  As a matter of fact, boaters are the fourth leading cause of pollution in Connecticut waters.  Let’s change that!  Most importantly, do…

Boat Ramp Etiquette

WHAT IS BOAT RAMP ETIQUETTE? Boat ramp etiquette is important and is oftentimes overlooked.  Actually what we need to do should not be too difficult to achieve.  On the other hand, if we don’t follow a few simple unwritten rules, the Boat Ramp can be a nasty place.  Long waits and traffic jams can be…

Aquatic Invasive Species and Plants

What is this about? Preventing the spread of aquatic aquatic invasive species and plants is a nationwide issue.   Although not native to the United States, nuisance species plant and animal life are in just about every body of freshwater in Connecticut.   Local lake and river departments are being overwhelmed by the maintenance.  Most…

What is the Difference Between Hulls

What is the difference between hulls you ask? There is a huge difference between hulls and to clarify, there are many hull designs to consider when purchasing a boat.  We’ll take a look at a few hull designs and what waters they are intended for.  So, before we do that, you should know that there…

Powerboat Requirements and Length Classifications

WHY IS THE LENGTH OF THE BOAT RELEVANT? It is important for the authorities to distinguish powerboat requirements and length classifications.  First authorities must know what restrictions boats have.  Depending upon the year a craft was built different length boats came with different options.  For the operator, the safety equipment you carry will vary with…

Is the Connecticut Boaters License reciprocal in other states?

CONNECTICUTS RECIPROCITY Connecticut is required by law to teach the Boaters License threefold.  This means we teach the NASBLA Core, Plus Powerboats, Plus Personal Watercrafts, and Plus Water Ski Towing.  As a result, the Connecticut Boaters License reciprocal in other states.  In fact our license is reciprocal in all 50 states.  Also included is American…

Personal Watercrafts Defined

HOW ARE PERSONAL WATERCRAFTS DEFINED Personal Watercrafts are defined as a jet drivin vessel that the rider sits, kneels, stands or lays “ON”.  As opposed to sitting “IN” a boat, kayak, canoe, or rowboat.  Many people ask what the difference is between a Wave Runner and a Jet Ski.  Great question.  The answer is simple. …