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There are laws that govern boats just as there are laws that govern cars. Some laws actually apply to both. Once on the water, you are also subject to various boat laws. These are fairly simple. Observe no-wake areas, no drinking and operating, enough life jackets, etc. Many jurisdictions provide you a copy of the specific laws that apply upon registering your boat. Most importantly, when in doubt about a law, ask a police officer, or other legal representative. It's always better safe than sorry.