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PWC jumping wake of a boat

Indiana law prohibits reckless operation of a vessel or the reckless manipulation of water-skis, an aquaplane, or any similar device.

Reckless Operation or manipulation is operating a vessel carelessly in willful disregard of the rights, safety, or property of others. Examples of illegal and reckless operation include:

  • Weaving your vessel through congested waterway traffic or swerving at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision.
  • Causing a hazardous wake or wash from your vessel.
  • Boating in restricted areas without regard for other boaters or persons, posted speeds and wake restrictions, diver-down flags, etc.
  • Allowing passengers to ride on the gunwale or, if the vessel is less than 21 feet in length, on the bow where they may fall overboard.
  • Loading the vessel beyond the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer.