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2020 Marine Patrol Commercial Boat Information

Jillian Lynch

New Hampshire Marine Patrol Commercial Boat Inspections

Commercial Boat Inspections are available March, April and May at public sites around NH.
For more information and location details, visit www.marinepatrol.nh.gov/commercialboating.      

Regional Inspection Sites for camps in May & June, 2020
Mon, June 1 Camp Deerwood/Squam Lake Squam Holderness
Fri, June 5 Pierce Camp Birchmont Wentworth Wolfeboro
Thu, June 11 Camp Belknap Winnipesaukee Tuftonboro
Camp Pasquaney Newfound Hebron
Tue, June 16 South Central Region/Brookline Area
Wed, June 17 Camp Huckins Ossipee Freedom
Camp Brookwoods/Deer Run Winnipesaukee Alton
Tue, June 23 West Central Region at individual camps
Wed, June 24 Southwest Region at individual camps
On-site at your camp

Available by appointment at your camp before June 1 or after June 25 for a fee of $198 ($198 for first three hours, $66 each additional hour) if unable to attend at prescribed sites as outlined above.

Attendance Criteria

Boat registrations must be submitted to Marine Patrol Headquarters at least two weeks prior to inspection date, allowing time to process paperwork. Marine Patrol must be notified at least one week in advance of inspection site choice, so they can schedule your visit and be sure to have your boat registration when you arrive.

Note: Camps may motor to sites on inspection date even though boat is uninspected.  Boats must be assembled and ready for inspection.


New Hampshire Marine Patrol Commercial Boat License Testing

In the State of New Hampshire, a person must obtain a commercial boating license to operate a commercial vessel in compliance with RSA 270-E:22-23. A person must pass an examination before a license to operate a commercial vessel can be issued. The process for getting a commercial boating license begins with submitting an application. This must be done before making an appointment to test. The application takes approximately 10-14 working days to process. Available March through August at Marine Patrol headquarters in Gilford See dates on page 3 of this document or visit www.marinepatrol.nh.gov/commercialboating.

Regional Testing Sites for camps in June, 2020
Mon, June 22 Camp Belknap Tuftonboro 9:00 am
Camp Pasquaney Hebron
Tue, June 23 Camp Merriwood Orford 9:00 am
Wed, June 24 Camp Brookwoods/Deer Run Alton 9:00 am
Camp Fleur de Lis Fitzwilliam
Thu, June 25 Camp Huckins Freedom 9:00 am
Camp Winaukee Moultonboro
License Information

The application must be completed and submitted to NH Marine Patrol, 31 Dock Rd. Gilford, NH 03249 along with a $15 fee. The application is processed at NH Marine Patrol where it is kept on file until the applicant takes the Commercial Boating Exam. There is no classroom requirement for this type of license. The exam consists of 85 multiple-choice questions, and an 80% is required to pass. Once you have successfully completed the exam, your license will be issued to you by a Marine Patrol Officer. The license is valid for five years from the date it is processed.

Attendance Criteria

Commercial Boat License applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to test date.  All applications must include the licensee’s legal address – not the camp address. When renewing a boat driver's license, it has to be signed by the licensee. Marine Patrol must be notified at least one week in advance of testing site choice. Marine Patrol will no longer test attendees who they do not have scheduled. 

Study Guides

Material in the CBL test is covered in NH Boater Safety Course (including practice tests) which is available at www.marinepatrol.nh.gov/commercialboating or www.boat-ed.com/newhampshire. Boat New Hampshire publication may be used instead of website for study practice. 

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