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Kentucky law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

Overloading is defined as loading the vessel beyond the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer.

Prohibited Riding is allowing passengers to ride on a vessel in places where there may be a chance of falling. Specifically, when operating a vessel above idle speed, the operator or passengers may not ride:

  • On a covered bow of a vessel
  • Outside the protective railing of a pontoon boat or houseboat
  • On the gunwale, back, or engine cover of a vessel
  • On a seat which extends six inches above the gunwales
  • On the back of seats
  • On any other dangerous position where there is a chance of falling overboard
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