Reckless Operation of a Vessel
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.