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Boat Creating a Wake

Kentucky law designates the following operating practices as illegal.

Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed and distance while operating a vessel. Specifically, it is illegal to:

  • Operate at a rate of speed that endangers the life or property of any person. Operators are also liable for any danger or damage produced by their vessel’s wake.
  • Operate a vessel at greater than “idle speed” or “slow-no wake speed” in any areas marked as “No Wake.”
  • Operate within 50 feet of a commercial vessel and its tow which is in operation on the waterway, unless the operator of the commercial vessel has given consent.
  • Operate within restricted areas posted above or below navigation, power-generating, or flood-control dams.
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