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PWC towing wakeboarder with observer
If towing a skier with a PWC, the PWC should be rated for at least three people—the operator, the observer, and the retrieved skier.

No one under 12 years of age may legally operate a vessel towing a person(s) on water skis, an aquaplane, a parasail, or similar device.

A vessel may tow a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, or other device only between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

It is illegal to operate any vessel or manipulate any water skis, an aquaplane, or a similar device in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner that endangers the life, limb, or property of any person.

Except for taking off from shore, the towing vessel must stay at least 100 feet from shores, piers, bridges, people in the water, and other passing vessels.

Ski ropes may not be more than 75 feet in length, except when barefoot skiing in which case a ski rope of 100 feet in length may be used.

A PWC may not be used to tow a person on water skis, an aquaplane, or similar device unless the PWC has the capacity to carry at least three persons (the operator, a rear-facing observer, and the skier) and the PWC is designed specifically for water-skiing by the manufacturer.