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Wakeboarder being towed by a boat

Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water-skis, aquaplanes, kneeboards, inner tubes, or any other device must also obey these laws:

  • It is illegal for vessels to tow persons on water-skis, surfboards, or any other device between sunset and sunrise.
  • It is illegal for a vessel to tow a person(s) on water-skis, a surfboard, or any other device unless:
    • A person at least 12 years old, in addition to the vessel operator, is on board observing the towed person(s) or ...
    • The vessel has a wide-angle (160 degree field of vision) rearview mirror mounted such that the operator can observe the towed person(s) at all times
  • A reasonable distance from other vessels, people and property must be maintained so as not to endanger life or property. It is illegal to ski within:
    • 100 feet of a commercial boat dock, a moorage harbor or a swimming area
    • 2,000 feet of a lock or dam
  • Vessels towing person(s) on airborne devices, such as parasails or kites, must:
    • Have on board a person at least 12 years old, in addition to the vessel operator
    • Stay at least 500 feet from commercial docks and ramps
    • Limit the tow rope to 150 feet or less in length
    • Tow no more than two persons at any time