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Frequently Asked Questions-COVID-19

As of June 17, 2020 

All persons using state boat launch facilities and docks should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  Where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn.

All persons boating with non-family members should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  On vessels where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn. 

Safe Boating Classes Available Online!

Boating safety courses leading to certification are available and will be presented in an interactive videoconferencing platform. These classes will be taught by DEEP InstructorsPrivate Boating Class Providers, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and U.S. Power Squadrons.

Important Vessel Registration Information 

Existing Registrations:  DMV has provided a 180-day extension for Connecticut-issued registrations set to expire on April 30, 2020

New Registrations:  New registrations are being processed. 

For more information, visit:  https://portal.ct.gov/dmv

I purchased a vessel in another state.  Are there any restrictions on delivery of the vessel by trailer?

There are no restrictions in place that affect vessels being transported by trailer as long as the trailer is properly registered.

How can I register my vessel in CT?  
CT DMV website (www.ctdmv.info )  has information on how to register your vessel.   

I purchased a vessel in another state.  Are there any restrictions placed on my vessel before it can be launched in CT waters?

The vessel must be registered in your name. There are no quarantine restrictions on vessels themselves coming to CT from out-of-state.  

Are there on-line boating safety courses available leading to certifcation?

Yes, on-line boating safety courses are available and will be presented in an interactive videoconferencing platform. These classes will be taught by  DEEP InstructorsPrivate Boating Class Providers, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and U.S. Power Squadrons

Does DEEP offer equivalency examinations by appointment? 

Yes. Examinations are offered only by the DEEP. Please complete the equivalency exam application to register for the examination. The exam will be conducted on an interactive videoconferencing platform.

 Exam Date:
 Application & Fee Due Date:
 July 17, 2020  July 15, 2020
 July 31, 2020  July 29, 2020
 August 14, 2020   August 12, 2020
 August 28, 2020  August 26, 2020



The examination fee is $75.00. 


Are CT marinas currently accepting transient boaters from other states or providing services for them? 

This would be up to the individual marina to determine.  Boaters should contact Connecticut Marine Trades Association or the marinas directly.

Check  CT's Boating Infrastructure Grant Funded Amenities Map to find a transient slip that was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Are CT pumpout facilities and fuel docks open?
Yes they are! The use of pumpout facilities and fuel docks is not prohibited.  The use of social distancing and proper personal protective equipment by anyone using these facilities is strongly encouraged. Check  CT's Clean Vessel Act- Pump-out Directory to find pump-out locations, contact information and hours of operation.

When will the docks be installed at state boat launches?
All docks have been installed at state boat launches.  

I have a 43 ft motoryacht with plenty of space to social distance? How many people can I have?
  • Per Governor Lamont, all social and recreational gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Check with your marina regarding their safety guidelines.
     
  • All persons boating with non-family members should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  On vessels where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn. 
  • See CDC Guidance below:

    CDC Guidance -How to Protect Yourself and Others


Can I use my personal watercraft (PWC) i.e. jet ski, wave runner, Sea-Doo?

Yes, as long as the PWC is registered and you are 16 years of age and older and have a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation or equivalent from at reciprocal state (RI, MA, NY & NH)

Can I use the boats at a Rowing Club?

At this time, only one person per boat is allowed and a thorough cleaning after every use is required.

I am a member of a boating club (e.g. Freedom Boat Club, Carefree Boat Club).  Can I use the boats from this club?

Boat clubs are allowed at this time. All persons boating with non-family members should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  On vessels where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn. A thorough cleaning after every use is required.

 


 
 Last Updated June 18, 2020