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People swimming in the area designated for swimming

Massachusetts law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

Reckless or Negligent Operation of a vessel is the failure to exercise the degree of care necessary to prevent endangering the of life, limb, or property of any person. Examples of reckless or negligent operation are:

  • Operating at high speed or erratically in congested waterway traffic
  • Operating such that your vessel or another vessel must swerve abruptly or cut speed in order to avoid collision
  • Operating near or through areas being used by swimmers or divers
  • Operating such that your vessel collides with another vessel, object, or person
  • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Cutting through a regatta or marine parade in progress
  • Operating between sunset and sunrise without displaying navigation lights
  • Chasing or harassing wildlife with your vessel
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