Delaware law states that it is unlawful to operate a watercraft in a reckless, negligent, or dangerous manner.
Reckless Operation is any operating practice that endangers the life, limb, or property of any other person. Examples of reckless and dangerous operation are:
- Weaving your vessel through congested waterway traffic or swerving at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision
- Jumping the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to the other vessel or when visibility around the other vessel is restricted
- Operating a vessel within swimming areas
- Operating a vessel in areas posted as closed to vessels due to hazardous conditions
- Operating a vessel through an area where a regatta or marine parade is in progress in a way that causes danger to others or interferes with the safety of the event
- Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with your vessel