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Boat creating a wake

Michigan law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

Failure to Regulate Speed is defined as operating a vessel at speeds that may cause danger to the life or property of any other person or at speeds that will not permit you to bring your vessel to a safe stop. It is illegal to:

  • Operate a vessel in excess of 55 mph unless you are at least one mile offshore on the Great Lakes or Lake St. Clair.
  • Operate a vessel at greater than “slow, no wake speed” when a person is in the bow of a vessel without proper seating.
  • Operate a vessel faster than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions (weather, vessel traffic, etc.).
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