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Nevada law states that these dangerous operating practices are illegal.

Overloading is defined as loading the vessel beyond the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer.

Failure to Use Engine Cut-Off Switch is an operator not attaching the lanyard of an engine cut-off switch to his or her person, clothing, or PFD if the vessel is equipped with a switch and is moving at a greater than "no wake speed." In addition, the owner of a vessel that is equipped with an engine cut-off switch may not operate, or let another person operate, the vessel if the lanyard is missing, not connected, or not working correctly.

Unsafe Condition is operating a vessel in a condition that causes danger to the occupants or others on the waterways. Peace officers may instruct the operator to take immediate corrective action or terminate the voyage if the vessel is:

  • Overloaded
  • Equipped with insufficient wearable personal flotation devices (PFDs), fire extinguishers, backfire flame arrestors, ventilation system, or navigation lights
  • Leaking fuel or has fuel in the bilges
  • Being operated in extremely adverse conditions

Failure to Follow Navigational Rules is operating a vessel on Nevada waters in violation of the navigational rules. Operators of all vessels must follow the inland navigational rules.

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