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Old 03-27-2004, 04:01 PM   #1
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Hello,I am looking to come from CT to NH possibly sometime this summer to vacation with my husband and 6 year old son. We have two waverunners and was wondering if it would be worth me bringing them to enjoy while vacationing. Can anyone use the lake? We just purchased them this past fall and are new to the sport. Is there anything I should know.

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Old 03-27-2004, 09:23 PM   #2
Island Girl
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You must stay 300 ft from land and 150 ft from boats, people, etc while out on the lake. Otherwise you must be at headway speed. You all must be wearing a Coast Guard approved PFD. Make sure the one your son wears fits properly and will turn him right side up, and will not slip off.

You may need a NH boater's certificate to operate on NH waters, depending on the age of the driver. See the link for what year this applies to you.

You can take the course and get the certificate online.

Please look up and read the laws before you come and you will be ready for your fun.

Good Luck
Island Girl

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Old 03-27-2004, 11:58 PM   #3
Kevin Plante
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Come on up and have fun. The easiest place for you to launch them is probably the public ramp in Meredith next to the public docks. Get the Bizer map ahead of time and study it before you come up. If possible, try and have someone who knows the lake show you around a bit.
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Old 03-28-2004, 07:26 PM   #4
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I believe being from Ct you must already have a Boating Certificate/License, and NH honors that Cert. Beyond that, bring your machines up and enjoy the lake. There are many fine places to ride and lots of fun for the whole family.
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Old 03-29-2004, 01:06 PM   #5
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Make sure to follow all of the guidelines that Island Girl posted. Being a former Jet Skier, I know that Marine Patrol is not very fond of us and if you do not follow these guidelines they will take the time to pull you over and give you either a warning or a ticket.
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Old 03-31-2004, 10:18 AM   #6
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If the driver(s) fall into the age category
that require a course/certificate the NH Marine
Patrol holds day-long cert course up near the
lake and I believe they hold them on Saturdays.

The advice given in the response by IslandGirl
must be followed, also keep in mind that the 150
ft applies between both Waverunners as well.
If you are moving greater than headway speed
and are closer than 150ft from the other machine
you can be stopped by Marine Patrol. It's true
they tend to cast a weary eye on PWCs, however
they won't bother you if you show respect/courtesy for other boaters as well as attention to the
rules. Oh, and although its real tempting, don't
follow other boats to jump their wake... it
tends to make them upset and can cause you
to unintentionally close that 150 ft gap real

My only other advice is to seek out an area of
the lake that is not as heavily trafficked as
Weirs Beach or Meredith Town docks areas. This
way you can have some fun too and not be in
the way of others and attract unnecessary attention. It's a big lake and there are many,
many great areas to visit and see while exploring
on your Waverunners. Be sure to tie up at
places like Pier 19 and Wolfeboro and enjoy
what the lake has to offer. Long Island
as a great beach as well.
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