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It's the Law

Who May Operate a Vessel


Arizona law states that it is illegal for a person under the age of 12 to operate a vessel with a motor greater than 8 horsepower (which includes personal watercraft) unless:

  • An emergency exists or…
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian is on board or…
  • Another person at least 18 years of age is on board.

Arizona's Top 10 Boating Violations

  1. Not enough life jackets (personal flotation devices) for everyone on board the vessel
  2. Excessive wake or speed
  3. Operating under the influence (OUI)
  4. Fire extinguisher—lack of, non-marine type, and/or out of service
  5. Riding on the bow, transom, or gunwales of a vessel operating above a wakeless speed
  6. Registration violations
  7. Navigation rules
  8. Water-skiing violations
  9. Lights—specifically no or incorrect navigation lights
  10. Overloading