Arizona law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Overloading is loading the vessel beyond its safe carrying capacity or the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate. Take into consideration the weather and other operating conditions when determining if the vessel is overloaded.
Riding on the Bow or Gunwales is allowing passengers to ride where there may be a chance of falling overboard while underway at greater than slow, no wake speed on a powerboat. Specifically, this means allowing passengers to ride on the covered bow, transom, swim step, or gunwales unless these are designed for carrying passengers at all speeds.
Failure To Follow Navigational Rules is operating a vessel in violation of the navigational rules of Arizona waters.
- Specifically, operators of vessels:
- Must follow the navigational rules shown in Chapter 3.
- Must follow a counterclockwise traffic flow.
- Leaving shore must give way to approaching vessels.
- These rules do not apply on waterways where power-driven vessels are prohibited.
Auxiliary Lighting: It is unlawful under federal and state laws to display any type of lights that can be mistaken for navigation lights or that obscure the visibility or interfere with the interpretation of any required navigation lights. Specifically, red, green, and white lights may only be displayed at night in configurations described in “Navigation Lights.” At no time may any blue lights be displayed because they are reserved exclusively for emergency or law enforcement vessels.