Improper Speed or Distance
Delaware law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed or distance while operating a vessel. You must obey all posted regulatory speed signs. It is illegal to:
- Operate at excessive speeds; that is, speeds that cause danger to others or their property or that do not allow the operator to bring the vessel to a stop safely within a clear distance ahead. You must reduce speed:
- In areas where boating is concentrated
- In areas where maneuvering room is restricted by narrow channels
- During periods of restricted visibility
- When your vision is obstructed by jetties, land, or other vessels
- Operate a vessel at greater than slow, no wake speed if within 100 feet of:
- Another vessel
- Any shoreline where “Slow - No wake” signs have been placed by the DNREC
- Floats, docks, or boat launching ramps
- Marked swimming areas and persons in the water
- Anchored, moored, or drifting vessels
- Fail to give way to the stand-on vessel
- Cause damage or injury from the wake of your vessel. Reduce speed when near marinas, fishing areas, swimming areas, and vessels at anchor.