Aaron Donovan

Aaron Donovan

New York City has 15 marinas for recreational boats. Brooklyn is home to six marinas; all other boroughs have two.  Of the 1,731 vessels registered to addresses in New York City, 75% are classified as recreational vessels.  

  • New York City Parks Department regulates docking fees, boat services, kayaking, canoeing, rowboat and paddleboat rentals, and rules relating to the use of Parks' waterways.

  • New York State requires a safety course and certification from the State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Department.

New York State requires registration of any boat that is motor-driven and is operated on public waterways in the state. The boat requires a registration even if the motor is not the primary source of propulsion. If the boat is operated in New York State, the boat must be registered with the DMV.

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City of New York, Department of Parks and Recreation. “Marinas.” 2013. 

City of New York, Department of Parks and Recreation. “Boating and Marinas.” 2013. 

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, "Boating." 2013, "New York County, NY: List of Boat, Yacht, & Ship Owners."