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PWC must be operated in a careful and responsible manner.

PWC riding too close to a boat

It is considered reckless operation if a PWC operator commits two or more of the following acts simultaneously:

  • Operating the PWC within a zone closer than five lengths of the longest vessel unless both vessels are traveling at “no wake speed
  • Operating within the vicinity of a vessel in a manner that obstructs the visibility of either operator
  • Heading into the wake of a vessel that is within a zone closer than five lengths of the longest vessel and causing half or more of the length of the PWC to leave the water
  • Maneuvering quickly, turning sharply, or swerving within a zone closer than five lengths of the longest vessel unless the maneuver is necessary to avoid a collision

It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility unless the PWC is equipped with the required navigation lights.