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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 jumping wake of a boat

Reckless Operation of a vessel is the failure to exercise the care necessary to prevent the endangerment of another person or their property. Examples of illegal, reckless operation are:

  • Weaving your vessel through congested waterway traffic
  • Steering toward another object or person in the water and swerving at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision
  • Following behind another vessel that is towing a person(s) on water skis, surfboard or similar device
  • Cutting between a vessel and the person(s) being towed by that vessel
  • Jumping the wake of another vessel in a way that endangers another’s life, safety, or property
  • Crossing the path of another vessel when visibility is obstructed
  • Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with your vessel