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PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility (such as fog) unless the PWC comes equipped by the manufacturer with the required navigation lights.

PWC must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner at all times. It is illegal to operate in a negligent manner. For example, it is illegal to:

  • Weave your PWC through congested traffic.
  • Jump the wake of another vessel at an unsafe distance from the other vessel.
  • Swerve at the last moment to avoid a collision in order to splash another vessel or person.
  • Operate in a way that requires another vessel to swerve at the last possible moment to avoid a collision.

A PWC operator should give way to any powerboat towing a skier by altering course and/or reducing speed to five miles per hour.

It is illegal to chase, harass, or disturb wildlife with your PWC.

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