As of last May, North Carolina General Statute § 75A-16.2, requires all boat drivers under the age of 26 to complete a NASBLA approved boating safety course or meet certain other requirements. For Mecklenburg County, the course offered by the Wildlife Resource Commission is held in at the Bass Pro Shops store in Concord, NC, and is offered as a one day or two day session. This is a great way to introduce boating safety to new and young boaters, and is mandatory to legally drive a boat under the age of 26.
That said, it is one thing to sit in a classroom and learn about boating safety, and it is another to master driving, docking, towing, and navigation. It can be invaluable to have an experienced individual on board to teach the dos and don’ts of boat operation. Local Lake Norman business Boat Brokers LKN does just that. As part of his boat agency business, licensed Captain and owner Justin Myers will show you how to do everything from trailering and backing, to driving and docking, to towing skiers and boarders. Boat Brokers LKN is just one local business that has set out to make sure boating season is great for novice and lifetime boaters alike.
So, if you or any driver of your boat is under the age of 26, be sure to complete the required boating safety education, and if you are a new boat owner or driver, contact Boat Brokers LKN or another local company to help you get your sea legs.
If you have any questions about vessel laws in North Carolina, or if you have been cited for a boating law violation, contact our LKN Law Office. Lake Norman Attorney, Kelly Myers, is experienced with North Carolina boating laws and will work for the best possible result for your situation. In many cases, charges for boating violations can be negotiated by an attorney for a reduced plea.