Rhode Island Boating

Rhode Island is the Ocean State and really encourages sailing. If you buy and keep a boat in Rhode Island you don't have to pay sales tax on it or anything you buy with it! That can mean big savings in a state with a 7% tax so you could easily save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in taxes.

BUT, the virus has really curtailed boating. This is from their website:

DEM is asking boaters to follow COVID-19 social distancing rules and other safety guidelines as they work on their boats at marinas and boatyards and while they're on the water. Boaters are urged to follow these safety rules to protect themselves and others:

Stay close to home. Travel to and from the access site without making other stops.
Boat only with people in your immediate household.
Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others at all times and keep your distance on the water by not tying up to other boats or beaching your boat near other boaters.
Fuel up and plan ahead by packing hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and disposable gloves. When fueling, wash your hands as you would when fueling a car. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
When launching and loading your boat, give people ahead of you plenty of time and space to finish launching or loading before you approach.
Do not enter the marina office unless you have an appointment.
While on the water, find a secluded spot away from others to relax.
Call ahead to your destination to make sure it is open and accepting visitors.
When returning, be prepared to dock or trailer with your own crew and avoid assistance.
Keep distance at dock. Dispose of trash according to marina rules and guidelines.
If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.