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

It is strongly recommended that PWC are operated only during daylight hours. If a PWC is operated at night (sunset to sunrise), the PWC must display the required navigation lights.

It is illegal to operate a PWC while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

PWC must be operated in a careful and responsible manner. Specifically, it is illegal for PWC operators to:

  • Weave the PWC through congested waterway traffic.
  • Jump the wake of another motorboat when visibility is obstructed.
  • Become airborne while crossing the wake of another motorboat and within 100 feet of that motorboat.
  • Operate at greater than “slow, no wake speed” within 50 feet of any other vessel, PWC, or person in the water.
  • Operate in a manner that requires swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision.
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