Unlawful Operation of a Vessel
Missouri law designates these dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Reckless Operation of a vessel or the reckless manipulation of water skis, a wakeboard, or similar device is the failure to exercise the care necessary to prevent the endangerment of life, limb, or property of any person. Examples of illegal, reckless operation are:
- Boating in restricted areas without regard for other boaters or persons, posted speeds and wake restrictions, diver-down flags, etc.
- Boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with your vessel
Overloading is loading the vessel beyond the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer.
Riding on the Bow, Deck, or Gunwale is 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, unless the vessel has adequate guards or railings. Guards or railings must be at least 6 inches high (not to exceed 18 inches in height) to be considered adequate.