New Hampshire law states that these dangerous operating practices are illegal.
Unsafe Passage is not maintaining a proper speed or distance while operating a vessel or while towing a person on water skis or any similar device. Specifically, the following operations are illegal:
- Operating a vessel at greater than headway speed if within 150 feet of:
- Swimmers in the water
- Other vessels
- Rafts or floats
- Permitted swimming areas
- Docks or mooring fields
- The shoreline
- Operating a vessel at greater than headway speed while passing under a bridge
- Overtaking another vessel at a distance and speed such that your wake causes danger or damage
Unsafe Wake Crossing is not maintaining contact between a vessel’s hull and the water when crossing a wake. It is illegal for a vessel to become airborne when crossing the wake of another vessel or its own wake.
Speeding is exceeding speed limits or operating at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, taking into consideration weather and other operating conditions.
- On Lake Winnipesaukee (located in Belknap and Carroll counties), the speed limits are:
- 30 miles per hour maximum between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise
- 45 miles per hour maximum at all other times
- On Squam Lakes (located in Belknap, Carroll, and Grafton counties), the speed limits are:
- 20 miles per hour maximum between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise
- 40 miles per hour maximum at all other times
- For more details on other speed limit restrictions, call the Marine Patrol at 1-877-642-9700.