Maine Regulatory Guide

Maine has regulations related to the operation of vessel, including boats used for leasing. These regulations cover various aspects of vessel operation, such as equipment requirements, safety procedures, and licensing requirements for operators. On this page, we navigate you through everything you need to have in place in order to ensure that your boat rental business is compliant with Maine’s regulations, along with some other important things to keep in mind.

Boxes you need to tick

These are requirements as defined by law:

Age Requirement

Renters must be minimum 18 years old

Rental Agreement

The person leasing or renting the motorboat must carry the lease agreement on board.

The agreement must show the motorboats registration number, the time period for the lease, and the signature of the motorboat's owner or his or her representative.

Registration Requirement

Certificate of Number must be carried onboard. Registration numbers and validation decals must be properly displayed on hull of boat.

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Keep in mind when renting out boats


Boat Equipment Checklist

Not required

Boater Safety and Education Course Certificate

The information provided is intended to be general and informative, and should not be interpreted as regulatory, legal, or insurance advice. It does not constitute professional advice from a licensed insurance agent and does not establish an attorney-client or insurer-insured relationship. This information should not replace the counsel of a qualified legal, regulatory, or insurance professional. Always consult with a qualified professional for legal, regulatory, or insurance advice pertaining to your specific circumstances.

Boat Rental Accident Reporting

The operator of every vessel involved is required to file a report in writing whenever a boating accident results in loss of life, loss of consciousness, injuries requiring the services of a physician, disability in excess of 24 hours or property damage in excess of $1000. Reports in death and injury cases must be submitted within 24 hours; reports in other cases are required within 5 days.

All reports shall be submitted to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Whitewater Boating Office in Augusta, Maine:

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

353 Water Street, 41 SHS,

Augusta, ME 04333

Owner or operator must also report accident to nearest law enforcement officer where accident occurred.

Report Accident

Federal Regulation

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) regularly provides updates on recentchanges in regulation and have overviews of specific requirements for boatrental companies

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