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  1. #11
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    Re: Question about BoatUs online course for VA/DC/MD

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob & Sue View Post
    Mike I was also curious about other states here is what DC states.

    The MPD Harbor Patrol Unit will be hosting boating safety classes for the 2012
    boating season. The Boating Safety course is designed to educate boaters of the
    legal requirements, navigational rules, safety equipment, risks of boating
    accidents, and other issues pertaining to safe boating. Anyone operating a
    vessel on District of Columbia waterways is required to have a Boating Safety
    Certificate. The Boating Safety Certificate is issued to individuals who
    successfully complete the Boating Safety course.

    http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1...7C31855%7C.asp
    What are: "District of Columbia waterways"?

    MM

  2. #12
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    Sep 2009
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    West River, MD
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    Re: Question about BoatUs online course for VA/DC/MD

    Quote Originally Posted by MonacoMike View Post
    What are: "District of Columbia waterways"?

    MM
    District Waters
    - the area of all navigable waters within the District of Columbia and the shores and structures adjacent to those waters.
    Al
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  3. #13
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    Sep 2009
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    Re: Question about BoatUs online course for VA/DC/MD

    Quote Originally Posted by MonacoMike View Post
    My thinking is you need the certification of the state you live or boat from. If this is wrong please let me know. I live in a state without a course requirement so I do not think one is needed in other states waters as long as I am from a state without.

    MM
    Quote Originally Posted by alnav View Post
    Mike, each state seems to be different but in general, the requirement is to have completed a course approved by the state, the evidence is the certificate of successful completion. BoatUS has an online learning center with a map which leads to a page for each state; not all accept the BoatUS course (Maryland, for example). Interestingly, it looks like most all states do have a requirement, but it's grandfathered by age so more and more of the folks on this forum (and us old people's children) do need to conform.
    Not sure your assumption about living in a state without a requirement for your age group exempts you from needing it if you go to a place that does. The reason the OP and I need to be compliant is that if you drive your boat into District of Columbia waters (which requires a Boating Safety course completion regardless of age) you may get cited if you can't produce an approved course completion certification.
    Quote Originally Posted by MonacoMike View Post
    My rational was the same as driving. Every state sets their own insurance limits for cars regesterd there but I do not have to conform to every states limits just mine to be legal. If I leave Indiana waters on the great loop and find myself in DC waters they could cite me? Which is what I hope to get answered here definitively.

    MM
    Quote Originally Posted by alnav View Post
    Yes, they could and would cite you.
    Quote Originally Posted by ZZ13 View Post
    That's what the locals tell me and why I am taking the DC version. FYI, there are several DC specific questions in each section. I would think that DC wants you to prove you've seen all those DC specifics if they stop you.
    Quote Originally Posted by alnav View Post
    District Waters
    - the area of all navigable waters within the District of Columbia and the shores and structures adjacent to those waters.
    This topic has it's own thread now


    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php...ne-may-boat-in

  4. #14
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    Re: Question about BoatUs online course for VA/DC/MD

    Mike,

    In answer to your question above about DC waterways, I'll give a little local knowledge.

    The navigable part of the Potomac River is bordered by Virginia on one side and DC and Maryland on the other. In colonial times, it was decided that the boundary line would not be down the middle as in most areas, but instead is the mean low waterline on the Virginia shore. This means that effectively the entire river belongs to Maryland and DC. So, the navigable waters in DC are essentially the Potomac River north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Anacostia River. This includes the water off of Alexandria and Arlington, VA.

    This boundary has lead to some interesting twists over the years. Back in the 1950's slot machines were illegal in Virginia, but legal in Maryland, so piers were built from Virginia into Maryland territory and the slots were declared legal. Today, one of my boating favorite restaurants, Tim's 2 in Fairview Beach, VA, has to follow Maryland liquor laws as the restaurant is on a pier.

    Mike

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  5. #15
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    Sep 2009
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    Re: Question about BoatUs online course for VA/DC/MD

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikemapva View Post
    Mike,

    In answer to your question above about DC waterways, I'll give a little local knowledge.

    The navigable part of the Potomac River is bordered by Virginia on one side and DC and Maryland on the other. In colonial times, it was decided that the boundary line would not be down the middle as in most areas, but instead is the mean low waterline on the Virginia shore. This means that effectively the entire river belongs to Maryland and DC. So, the navigable waters in DC are essentially the Potomac River north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and the Anacostia River. This includes the water off of Alexandria and Arlington, VA.

    This boundary has lead to some interesting twists over the years. Back in the 1950's slot machines were illegal in Virginia, but legal in Maryland, so piers were built from Virginia into Maryland territory and the slots were declared legal. Today, one of my boating favorite restaurants, Tim's 2 in Fairview Beach, VA, has to follow Maryland liquor laws as the restaurant is on a pier.

    Mike
    Thanks, MM

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