Government Affairs State Boating Info Georgia

Georgia Boating News -
Liveaboard Rule Gets Friendlier

September 2012

In January of 2012, it became legal to liveaboard your vessel in Georgia waters for up to 90 days without triggering notification or registration requirements. After 90 days, boaters can even apply for an extension to stay on their liveaboards longer.


This revision comes as a welcomed change to the prior 30-day liveaboard restriction which negatively impacted local businesses along the Inter Coastal Waterway and hurried cruiser’s through the Peach State waters.


During the 1980-90’s, Georgia waters were plagued by derelict vessels and illegal dumping in their river systems and enacted the stringent 30-day liveaboard rule. Now that discharge rules are in place and the derelict situation has been addressed, cruisers and Georgians alike can benefit from the new rule. For more information on Georgia’s Boating laws you can go to

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