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Course Outline

PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

PWC may be operated only from sunrise to sunset.

PWC may not be operated within 150 feet of a swimmer or a moored vessel unless operated at headway speed.

PWC may not be operated within 150 feet of a shoreline used for swimming.

PWC may not be operated on any Massachusetts waters that are less than 75 acres in size.

It is illegal to tow a water-skier or a person in any other manner behind a PWC.

PWC must be operated in a safe and responsible manner. For example, it is illegal to:

  • Jump the wake of another vessel.
  • Speed in restricted areas.
  • Follow within 150 feet of a water-skier.
  • Cross unreasonably close to another vessel.
  • Weave through congested waterway traffic.
  • Operate in a way that endangers the life, limb, or property of any person.
  • Chase or harass wildlife with your PWC.

As with other vessels, PWC are not allowed within 150 feet of public and private swimming beaches.

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