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PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

It is strongly recommended that PWC be operated during daylight hours only. If a PWC is operated at night, it must display the required navigation lights.

PWC must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner. It is illegal to operate a PWC in a way that endangers the life, limb, or property of others. Specifically, it is against the law to:

  • Weave your PWC through congested waterway traffic at high speed.
  • Follow closely behind and within the wake of a vessel towing a person on water skis or other similar devices.
  • Cut between a vessel and the person(s) being towed by that vessel.
  • Jump the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to that vessel.
  • Encircle or buzz another vessel or person in the water.
  • Cross the path of another vessel at right angles while close to the stern of the other vessel or when visibility around the other vessel is obstructed.
  • Swerve at the last possible moment to avoid collision.
  • Chase, harass, or disturb wildlife or birds with your PWC.

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