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Michigan law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

PWC jumping wake of a boat

Reckless Operation of a vessel or reckless manipulation of water skis, a surfboard, or similar device is defined as operation which disregards the safety or rights of others or endangers the person or property of others. Some examples of reckless operation are:

  • Weaving your vessel through congested waterway traffic or swerving at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision
  • Jumping the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to the other vessel or when visibility around the other vessel is restricted
  • Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with your vessel
  • Causing damage from the wake of your vessel