Maryland law states that these dangerous operating practices are illegal.
Overloading or Overpowering is loading (both people and gear) or powering the vessel beyond the safe load and power limits, taking into consideration weather and other operating conditions. The safe load and power limits for vessels are shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer.
Especially Hazardous Condition is operating a vessel in a condition that causes a hazard to the occupants or to others on the waterways. For any of the following problems, law enforcement officers may instruct the operator to take immediate corrective action or return to port.
- The vessel is overloaded or overpowered.
- There are insufficient personal flotation devices, fire extinguishers, backfire flame arrestors, ventilation systems, or navigation lights.
- The vessel is leaking fuel or taking on water.