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Kentucky law states that it is unlawful to operate a watercraft in a reckless, negligent, or dangerous manner. Specifically, these operating practices are illegal:

PWC riding too close to a boat

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.