Arkansas law states that these dangerous operating practices are illegal.
Overloading or Overpowering is loading or powering the vessel beyond the recommended carrying capacity or horsepower shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel's manufacturer. In addition, it is illegal to load a vessel without a capacity plate in a manner that is unsafe or that results in the vessel sinking or capsizing.
Riding on the Bow or Gunwales is allowing passengers to ride or sit on the gunwales or on the decking over the bow while underway on a motorboat 26 feet or less in length, unless the motorboat is equipped with adequate guards or a railing to prevent passengers from being lost overboard. This restriction does not apply to persons helping to moor or cast off a motorboat.