Requirements Specific to "Ski Craft"
New Hampshire law defines a “ski craft” as any motorized vessel that is less than 13 feet in length, is capable of exceeding 20 miles per hour, and has the capacity to carry no more than two persons. This includes personal watercraft designed to seat one or two persons. While the laws below are for “ski craft,” it is recommended that all personal watercraft operators follow these laws.
- No one under the age of 16 years may operate a “ski craft” legally on any lake, pond, or river.
- The operator of a “ski craft” must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device (life jacket) at all times.
- Although not legally required, it is strongly recommended that an operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type ignition safety switch attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or personal flotation device (life jacket).