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Mississippi law prohibits reckless or negligent operation of a vessel or the reckless manipulation of water skis, a surfboard, or any similar device. Reckless operation or manipulation is the failure to exercise the care necessary to prevent the endangerment of life, limb, or property of any other person.

Unlawful Operation: Riding on the Stern

Examples of illegal and reckless operation are:

  • Operating a vessel at speeds that may cause danger, injury, damage, or unnecessary inconvenience. Be aware of and obey all regulatory markers, including those marked as “idle speed or no wake speed.”
  • 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.
  • Loading the vessel beyond the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer.
  • Causing damage from the wake of your vessel.
  • Boating in restricted areas without regard for other boaters or persons, posted speeds and wake restrictions, diver-down flags, etc.
  • Allowing passengers to ride on the bow, gunwale, transom, seat backs, seats on raised decks, or any other place where there may be a chance of falling overboard. (It also interferes with the operator's visibility and the stability of the vessel.)
  • Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with your vessel.