Louisiana law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Overloading is loading the vessel beyond its safe carrying capacity, taking into consideration the weather and other operating conditions.
Riding on Bow or Gunwales is allowing passengers to ride where there may be a chance of falling overboard while underway on a powerboat 26 feet or less in length. Specifically, this means allowing passengers to ride on the covered bow or gunwale, unless the powerboat has adequate guards or a railing to prevent falls overboard.
Overpowering is equipping the vessel with a motor that is beyond its safe power capacity, taking into consideration the type and construction of the vessel and other operating conditions.
Unsafe Condition is operating a vessel in a condition that causes a hazard to the occupants or others on the waterways. Enforcement officers may instruct the operator to immediately take corrective action or return to port if:
- There are insufficient personal flotation devices, fire extinguishers, backfire flame arrestors, ventilation, or navigation lights.
- The vessel is overloaded or overpowered.
- The vessel is leaking fuel.