You must have a NH safe boating certificate or hold a hold a NASBLA approved certificate from another state if renting a boat with a motor in excess of 25 horsepower in NH. If you don't have a certificate, the place you're renting from will probably administer a quick exam on site to obtain a 14-day Temporary Certificate. Boat rental fleets are limited, so you should definitely call ahead to discuss your needs and make sure everything is in order.
14-Day NH Boating License
Get a navigational chart & GPS. With such a uniquely shaped lake and with over 365 islands of every size & shape, it's easy to become quite disoriented and lost. Like all lakes, LakeWinnipesaukee, Wentworth and the others have their fair share of shallows and areas with rocks hidden just beneath the surface. It's important to know the current lake level, which has a seasonal 1-3 ft fluctuation & your boat's draft, when operating nearing these areas.
New Hampshire Boaters Handbook & Course
Lake Winnepesaukee is the largest lake in NH and Wolfeboro holds the Oldest Vacation Access Point in America, with 72 sq miles of clear blue water set against a backdrop of rolling hills and mountains and some 365 islands. Enjoy wide open areas for satisfying your need for speed and numerous quiet coves & sheltered areas for exploring & lounging around. Winnipesaukee, Wentworth, and 273 other local lakes offer amazing variety, adventure and solitude.
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Here's my list of fun things to do around Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire: Cruise the lake exploring the coves, sandbars, parts of Lake Winnipesaukee you haven't seen, going to the different town docks for lunch or dinner. Try sailing the broads or between some of the islands. Feel the wind in your hair and relax without the worries of the real world.