Lawful Operation While Towing a Person With a Vessel
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