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New NH State Boating Law Effective January 1. 2017

This important piece of legislation in my opinion has not been well circulated to the boating community.  boat on lake winnipesaukee - lake winnipesaukee homes for sale

When transporting boats between water bodies: ( NH RSA 487: 16-D ) 

All fragments of vegetation and animals must be removed before leaving the launch area. 

All drain plugs must be removed or in the open position when leaving the boat launch

Invasive plants and animals can impair the quality and health of our lakes. Once an invasive plant or animal takes hold they are expensive to manage and nearly impossible to eradicate.

Clean: All mud - plants - debris from your boat, paddles, and motor with special attention to your anchor line and chain. 

Drain: motor - ballast tanks - live wells - open all drain plugs and leave open while motoring. 

Dry your boat and rinse with water prior to launching into another lake. 


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NH Lakes Milfoil Update

NH Lakes Milfoil Update 

Milfoil is Invasive Lake Weed l NH has effective mitigation solution

Sorry to say none of the NH lakes are immune to milfoil. This invasive plant needs sunlight to flourish so deep sections of our lakes are not affected.  Once milfoil takes hold the lake associations needs to set up a program and plan to manage the plants.  

Squam Lakes Association has worked to keep this plant in control working tirelessly each summer to keep the plant from spreading.  Big Squam and Little Squam fortunately have not seen a major spread of milfoil. Last year in the Squam River they successfully removed 3700 gallons of milfoil harvested by divers. The weed watcher crew looks for growth in shallow areas of the lake so the milfoil team can quickly react and mitigate the plant. 

Paugus Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee is in milfoil attack mode. In addition to harvesting plants after Labor Day a Milfoil Herbicide will be applied in the area of the Weirs Beach Bridge and Lakeport Landing Marina. Divers this summer using suction hoses will be busy vacuuming up the plant's roots and all to prevent further spread The Laconia city manager said a water flow study will be done to better help the application of the herbicide for best practices. 

The Department of Environmental Services has identified the “Frightful Fourteen” aquatic invasives that could take hold in New Hampshire. 

Seven of the 14 are known to already occur in the state:     Fish And Game Report on Milfoil 

• Variable milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum) 

• Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) 

• Fanwort (Caboma caroliniana) 

• Brazilian elodea (Egeria densa) 

• Common reed (Phragmites australis) 

• Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

• Water chestnut (Trapa natans) 

A number of plants may resemble exotic species. Bladderwort, water weed (elodea), coontail, water marigold, and others can easily be confused with exotic species like milfoil and fanwort. The look-alikes have distinctive variations, however. Volunteers use weed identification sheets to help distinguish between similar types of plants.

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How to Winterize Your Boat

The first step in winterizing your boat should be to make a list of all your winterization tasks. Check your boat and motor owner's manuals for manufacturer recommendations on winterization and review the topics below. If you are a new watercraft owner, consider employing the help of a friend with experience in winterization, or hire a professional to do the job.

Outboard Engines

Flush your engine with fresh water using flush muffs or a similar device attached to the raw water pickup. Let all water drain from the engine. Wash the engine down with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Disconnect the fuel hose and run the engine until it stops. It is important to follow a step-by-step process to make sure that all fuel is drained from the carburetor to prevent build-up of deposits from evaporated fuel. Use fogging oil in the cylinders to lubricate the cylinder walls and pistons. Apply water resistant grease to the propeller shaft and threads. Change the gear oil in the lower unit. Lightly lubricate the exterior of the engine or polish with a good wax.

Inboard Engines

Run the engine to warm it up and change the oil while it is warm. This allows impurities to be drained away with the oil. Change the oil filter(s). Flush the engine with fresh water. Circulate antifreeze through the manifold by using a pickup hose from the waterpump to a bucket of antifreeze. Start the engine and allow the antifreeze to circulate until water starts to exit the exhaust. This process will vary slightly depending on whether you have a "Raw Water" cooling system or an "Enclosed Fresh Water" cooling system. While you're in the engine room, change the fluid in your transmission. Remove spark plugs and use "fogging oil" to spray into each cylinder. Wipe down the engine with a shop towel sprayed with a little fogging oil or WD-40.

Stern Drives

Thoroughly inspect the stern drive and remove any plant life or barnacles from the lower unit. Drain the gear case and check for excessive moisture in the oil, which could indicate leaking seals and the need for repairs. Clean the lower unit with soap and water. If your stern drive has a rubber boot, check it for cracks or pinholes. Grease all fittings and check fluid levels in the hydraulic steering or lift pumps. Check your owner's manual for additional recommendations by the manufacturer.


Fill your fuel tank(s) to avoid a build up of condensation over the winter months. Add a fuel stabilizer by following the instructions on the product. Change the fuel filter(s) and water separator(s).


Make sure the bilges are clean and dry. Use soap, hot water and a stiff brush to clean up any oil spills. Once the bilges are clean, spray with a moisture displacing lubricant and add a little antifreeze to prevent any water from freezing.

Fresh Water System

Completely drain the fresh water tank and hot water heater. Isolate the hot water heater by disconnecting the in and out lines and connecting them together. Pump a non-toxic antifreeze into the system and turn on all the faucets, including the shower and any wash-down areas until you see the antifreeze coming out. Put non-toxic antifreeze in the water heater.


Pump out the holding tank at an approved facility. While pumping, add fresh water to the bowl and flush several times. Use Vanish crystals or whatever your owner's manual recommends that will not harm your system and let it sit for a few minutes. Add fresh water and pump out again. Add antifreeze and pump through hoses, holding tank, y-valve, macerator and discharge hose. Check your owner's manual to make sure that an alcohol-based antifreeze won't damage your system.


Once you have taken care of the systems, should remove any valuables, electronics, lines, PFD, fire extinguishers, flares, fenders, etc. Over the winter, clean, check and replace these items as necessary. Open all drawers and lockers and clean thoroughly. Turn cushions up on edge so that air is able to circulate around them or, better yet, bring them home to a climate controlled area. Open and clean the refrigerator and freezer. To keep your boat dry and mildew-free you might want to install a dehumidifier or use a commercially available odor and moisture absorber product.

Out-of-Water Storage

Pressure wash the hull, clean barnacles off props and shafts, rudders, struts and trim tabs. Clean all thru-hulls and strainers. Open the seacocks to allow any water to drain. Check the hull for blisters; if you find any that require attention, consider opening them to drain over the winter.  I also add moth balls in sandwich bags so they are easily removed in the spring and your boat wiring is still in tack.


Like boats, trailers need some attention in the fall so they'll still be rolling in the spring. Hubs that have been immersed in water during the season must be cleaned thoroughly. Rusted areas on the frame should be sanded, primed, and repainted. Tires should be inspected, especially the sidewalls, which tend to crack and wear out before the treads. Finally, removing the wheels and adding support at the blocks under the frame rails will prolong the life of the tires, minimize sagging on the springs, and discourage theft.


You may want to leave a battery aboard your boat to operate a burglar alarm or an automatic bilge pump. These are both useful in the winter, but don't expect an automatic pump to overcome bad deck, cabin, or hull leaks"not in the summer or winter. The pump, battery, or float switch can fail, leaving the boat unprotected. A boat with chronic leaking problems should be dry-stored and repaired as soon as possible. If you do leave a battery aboard, make sure the cells are filled with distilled water and fully charged so they don't freeze. Frozen cells will ruin a battery. Clean the terminals with baking soda, and rinse with cold water. Coat the terminals and cables with petroleum jelly to help prevent rust.

If you don't need a battery aboard, take it home and do all of the above anyway. Store batteries in a cool dry room and put them on a trickle charger or charge them every 30 to 60 days.  I also store my batteries on a work bench or on a wooden shelf, never store your batteries on a concrete floor.


Invest in a cover to keep your boat clean and free from dirt, water, falling leaves and bird droppings, all of which can cause damage if left unchecked. A cover can also prevent UV rays from breaking down hoses and fading carpets and upholstery. During the winter a frame should be used under the cover to distribute the weight of water or snow that may collect on the boat. I personally use a black  tarp with a frame that shed's snow quickly after a storm and does not build up.


My Boat Stored in the Back Yard under a Tarp

My Boat Stored in the Back Yard under a Tarp


Marina/Watercraft Yard Contracts

If you store your boat at a marina or yard, be sure to review your contract so you know what services you'll receive and what you are responsible for providing through the winter. Most marinas and yards only store your boat, and any maintenance or winter preparation services typically cost extra. Be aware that many marinas and yards have clauses that waive liability in the event of damage or destruction to a watercraft in storage, and most require that owners have full insurance coverage.

Much of the this article was taken from a Safeco Insurance Post.

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Winter At The Lake? What to do when the lake is frozen?

Suggestions Anyone?
The fun does not end when the lake freezes up. There is a long list of entertaining activities to fill your bucket list.
Here is a quick list of the traditional winter activities that families spend time doing during our frozen New Hampshire winters.
Skiing - Sledding - Tubing - Skating - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Snow Shoeing - Cross Country Skiing - Snowboarding - Lunch - Shopping - Zip Lines
I bet most have participated in one or more of the above events once or numerous times. Looking for a change, try going to events you have never encountered before? How about a sleigh ride, dog sled racing event or car ice racing on Lee's Pond. If you have never ice fished before, visit the Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby on Feb 11-12. You can view and walk around the mini city of bob houses on the ice and glimpse at the trophy fish on display. Another event that draws thousands to Meredith and hundreds of teams is the annual Pond Hockey event on February 3rd, watch the teams in action. You can view 4-5 rinks at once. Have you ever been to a castle? Visit the Winter Ice Castle in Lincoln absolutely a must see. Alton Bay has the only FAA registered plane landing strip on the ice in the US, view the planes coming and going while walking among the bob house village on the ice. Looking to get close to nature check the January Winter Walk schedule at Squam Lakes Science center for guided tours. ( Enjoying all these events starts with dressing for cold weather, boots are a must! )
One winter event that is high on my to-do list is an ice fishing outing with the kids and grandchildren. Watch the weather to pick a sunny afternoon on a small lake that holds, perch, pickerel, and bass for never ending action. Depending on the snow depth I bring along my ATV or snowmobile riding around the lake pulling family members on sleds. We bring a grill to roast hot dogs and have plenty of hot chocolate to go around. ( remember you can rent or borrow equipment to keep the expenses down )
For those looking for a true winter experience get the fireplace going reading a book or take a nap!
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NH Winter Adventures! Driving habits can determine the activities!

The beaches are empty and the landscape is winter white gold. You can almost judge the activities on any given weekend by the traffic heading up Interstate 89, 93 or Rt 16.

On any given day the flow of trucks at 5 to 6 am are ice fishermen heading up to the uncrowded frozen beaches setting up bob houses. Next are the skiers around 7-8 am, interesting the skier traffic seems sparse until you get to your favorite resort and the parking lot is full? Where did all the people come from there wasn't a car on the highway.  9 to 10 am you have the third round of visitors towing snowmobile's to their prized destination. There are 1000's of miles of trails so you can start in Concord and have lunch in Conway or Hanover. Those sleeping late will be on the road around 11 am heading up to snowshoe, skate, cross country ski or ice fishing on one of the warm water lakes. The next crowd is the lunch and shopping group, mixed in this pack are the snow tubers. They typically head to the outlet stores in North Conway or Tilton around lunch to 2 pm or to one of ski resorts for a couple of hours of aggressive sliding. Everyone gets back on the highway around 3:30 to head home so your best bet to avoid traffic is stay over and go home the next morning.

Some Key Events and Adventures

Meredith Pond Hockey -  Snowdeo at Diamond Pond - Zip Lining - Dog Sled Races - Sleigh Rides - Winter Camping - Lincoln's Ice Castle - Ice Climbing - Ice Sailing - Mt Washington Snow Coach - Winter Carnivals - Ski Racing - Build a Snowman - Snow Angels - Ski Museum - Ice Harvesting


Alton Has an FAA Approved Ice Runway

Alton Bay Has an FAA Approved Ice Runway


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Lakefront Homes in NH. Skiing Hiking Snowmobiling Sailing

In New Hampshire the Lakes meet the Mountains and our state is a number one destination four season vacation and retirement target. Why? Our lakes are deep with crystal clear water and the major ski resorts are just a short ride from any of our 250 plus lakes. On Winnipesaukee for example, you can boat to major ports around the lake for a shopping or dining experience. You can actually leave your car in the driveway and go grocery shopping or to a concert by boat. Mount Sunapee and Gunstock Ski Resorts almost touch the lakes. Where else can you be boating on Saturday and at a Nascar Race on Sunday.4515649

The summer is winding down and we are moving into the State Fair and foliage season. No place can you find a mountain canvas of spectacular colors that NH offers during foliage season.  Fall leads to skiing at Attitash, Loon, Cannon, Sunapee, Waterville, Wildcat or snowmobiling our 1000's of miles of trails that cross the state. Winter leads to spring and we start all over with some great salmon fishing, hiking, biking, flowers blooming and the lake ice receding.

In addition to a wonderful destination to build memories with your family New Hampshire has no sales or income tax and our motto is Live Free or Die.

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Winter in NH! Any ideas of what I can do?

Skiing is the major winter recreation in New Hampshire. Every weekend Interstates, 89, 93 and 95 are packed with enthusiastic die hard skiers running up to catch a few runs at their favorite resort.  What if I don't ski?

A short list of to do's this winter.  We still have a month left of this cold weather 

Snowmobiling: You can explore the outdoors and travel around the state. The trails lead you from town to town, gas, restaurants and also can be used as a tool to enjoy ice fishing in remote locations. If you don't own one, rent. 

Snowshoeing: An inexpensive quiet way to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland. One benefit of snowshoeing is you do not need any type of trail system. Park, put your shoes on and get out into the woods, not much chance of getting lost you can always follow your tracks back.

X-Country Skiing: Touring centers are located around the state or you can create your own trail. If you don't have your own equipment rent!

Sledding: Just ask your neighbor with kids and they can direct you to the closest hill!

Dog Sledding Adventures: Yes there are kennels that can take you out on the trails to enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.

Ice Fishing: If you have never been find one of your fishing fanatic friends and ask them to take you along. For a family adventure concentrate on yellow perch, flags will be flying!

Mount Washington Snow Coach: Head up to Mount Washington and take a trip up the auto road in winter comfort.

Sleigh Rides: Experience the excitement of gliding through the snow being pulled by majestic work horses.  Snuggle under a blanket and enjoy the scenery.

Winter Hiking: Yes you can hike in the winter, experienced well-equipped hikers only. Special equipment and clothing are required.

Ice Climbing: Special Equipment and training are required. Yes, lessons are available to learn.

Skating: Check the ponds around your area or with your town, many towns have in town rinks

Maple Syrup: The maple sugar season is almost here. Visit one of the many sugar shacks around the state.

If your not into an adventure you can sit in front of your fireplace with a good book, shop until you drop, go to a movie, visit a new restaurant or an evening at one of our bed and breakfast locations.

Winter in New Hampshire is ever changing, dress for the worst conditions and leave an itinerary of where you will be and estimated time to return.

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Time to upgrade or install a new boat dock?

NH wetlands laws and rules administered by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services comprehensively regulate the siting, construction and repair of docks.


Seasonal Dock on Winnipesaukee

Seasonal Dock on Winnipesaukee


Options you can look at for your new dock.

Floating dock.

Aluminum dock.

Galvanized Steel.

Rolling dock.

Cedar Dock.

Lift Docks.

Permanent Docks, require extensive permitting.

Additional features.

Jet Ski drive on's

Boat and Jet Ski Lifts

Cover Boat Slips, canvas

Permanent Covers, requires extensive permitting.

Follow the rules and most importantly locate your dock so it does not infringe on your neighbor or navigation. 

Review the Seasonal Dock Notification for rules for installation of your new or replacement dock.  You are going to have many questions,  I would urge you to contact shoreland@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-2147 prior to purchase of a new dock or installation.

Seasonal Dock Notification Form



Lift Dock in need of repair

Lift Dock in need of repair


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NH Marine Patrol reminds lake ?bubbler' owners to obtain permits

Marine Patrol reminds lake "˜bubbler' owners to obtain permits

Without permits, bubbler owners face up to a $1,000 fine.

By DANSEUFERT Union Leader Correspondent

GILFORD " As winter approaches, it's time for owners of property and docks on New Hampshire lakes to prepare, especially with regard to ice-preventing "bubblers" that have grown in use in recent years, safety officials say. Bubblers are underwater heating and circulation systems used to protect dock areas from movements of the winter ice pack that will be coming soon. In recent years, they have caused problems when left unattended and without permits, said Capt. Tim Dunleavy of the state's Marine Patrol. A few years ago, for instance, during a warm mid-winter day, a bubbler had caused an area of ice to become thin, which endangered people trying to access the ice from a shoreline in Center Harbor. "More and more people are using them," Dunleavy said. "What happens is, during a thaw period, people and snowmobilers go on the ice and think it's safe, but it's not. If they have a permit, at least we know they are there." Without permits, bubbler owners face up to a $1,000 fine, he said. In the online Winnipesaukee Forum, members have complained about bubblers causing problems. One poster said bubblers "have continued a practice, even after notice and request, to run 1-2 (bubblers) without thermostat controls, without timers, 24/7." "This has caused the lakeshore to be open water, sometimes hundreds of feet out into the lake "¦ With the snow, the apparent danger of the thin or no ice underneath is a real concern." Dock owners know that they must either remove their structures from the lakes or pull them above the water, said Darlene Forst of the Department of Environmental Services' Shoreline Section. Some dock owners are permitted to leave them in the water for various reasons, she said. "At Ice-In, people should know they have to get their docks out of the water, unless they have permits saying otherwise," Forst said. Dock owners who don't follow the rules face fines as well, she said. Ice-In, less publicized than Ice-Out in the spring, occurs when ice covers state lakes. In some years, Ice-In has been in January.


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Permanent Docks Require a bubbler or Ice Damage may result


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Time to Take Your Dock Out of the Lake - Maintenance Tips

 Time for you to take your docks out of the water

Fall is here and your boat dock needs your attention before the ice sets in.  Most docks are seasonal and require you to remove them at the end of the summer.  If you are fortunate to own an aluminum dock your job is a bit easier that those with a wooden dock.  You can hire a local company to get your dock in and out of the water each year and save yourself from those freezing fall or spring water temperatures and the hassle of getting a crew of people together to lift the dock onto shore.  If you are going for it on your own you might want to invest in some chest waders to keep you warm when the lake is hovering around 50 degrees.

Dock Maintenance

The best time to do maintenance and repair work on the dock is in the fall when you are closing up for the year. The weather is cooler and you won't be as busy trying to open up your home for the summer season.

Wooden Docks

  • Might be a great time to replace nails with screws.
  • Replace rotting or damaged boards.
  • Refit the dock with rubber bumpers for the up coming season.
  • Inspect connection points for loose nuts and bolts.
  • Sand, prime and paint rusting spots or areas that might splinter.
  • Pile the dock neatly on shore away from any ice that may come in off the lake.

Aluminum Docks

  • Follow the same steps as above except you will only need to check for loose connections and inspect boat bumpers
Permanent Docks
  • Check the entire dock for any loose boards and fittings
  • Refit the dock with rubber bumpers for the up coming season.
  • Have an electrician bring power to the dock and drop the recommended bubblier in to keep the ice from freezing around the dock.
  • Don't forget to put up warning signs for thin ice.
Building A Dock

Installing a new dock at the cottage is a big investment and should be planned well.

  • Prior to investing in time and materials hire a specialty company to help you out.
  • Consider water levels, wind, currents, and boat traffic.
  • Dock materials are numerous. Wood, steel frame and wood, galvanized steel and wood, aluminum and wood, all aluminum, and a number of options using composite wood (wood/plastic mix).
  • Your best option might be a raise a dock, simply you crank it out of the water in the fall and lower it in the spring.
  • Talk to an expert before you proceed, they can tell you what size dock you can put in for the lake you are on.



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Permanent Dock Will Require a Circulator


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