Alpharetta, GA asked in Admiralty / Maritime for South Carolina

Q: Is it legal for me to use an inflatable boat with paddles in a local lake without a boat license?

And if so are there any requirements I need to know about before going out?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Maritime Law Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a GENERAL matter, states impose licensing or safety certifications when vessels are mechanically powered or for personal watercraft. But each state's requirements could be different, which is why someone familiar with state and local regulations should advise. In many states, the entities that oversee these requirements could include the Department of Parks, Department of Natural Resources, or Divisions of Marine Safety. Look into such entities. If you can't find what you're looking for, the commercial companies that run boating safety courses should be able to tell you where to look for applicable regulations in South Carolina. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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