At the Lake Boon Association annual meeting May 21, the Police Patrol update indicated that more attention will be paid to enforcement of both State and Lake Boon safety regulations on the lake this year, beginning June 30. Of special concern:
Waterfronts must be identified with address (preferably) and/or name, prominently visible from the lake (preferably year-round), using contrasting color lettering at least 3 inches in height. This is a safety issue because emergency services may be called in from someone on the water (or ice), and first responders need to know the address, whether arriving by vehicle or by boat.
Docks must be functional, in good repair and visible above water. Failing, submerged or loose-floating docks are a significant hazard to boaters and swimmers.
Paddleboarders must have life jackets at all times. Following the same rules as other craft, they must be worn between Sept 15 and May 15.
Speed must not exceed 45 mph and will be checked by radar on the lake.
Personal watercraft have special restrictions including required wearing of life jackets at all times, no use at night, no towing and specific operator age restrictions.
We were reminded that a boat owner is liable for any infringement any operator of their boat commits, including damage cause by wakes. Also, operating a boat under the influence will apply to one’s driving record the same as a DUI.
Lake Boon rules are on the LBA website.
Massachusetts boating laws can be found at: https://malegislature.gov/laws/generallaws/parti/titlexiv/chapter90b