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Personal watercraft operators must obey all boating laws and also must obey additional laws that apply only to PWCs.

  • It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise or when conditions are classified as restricted visibility. The installation of an after-market light kit does not allow you to operate a PWC at night legally.
  • Reckless operation of PWCs is strictly prohibited. Some examples of such operation are:
    • Jumping a wake too close to other vessels or when visibility around the other vessel is obstructed
    • Weaving through congested traffic
    • Swerving at the last minute to avoid a collision (playing “chicken”)
    • Carrying more passengers than is recommended by the manufacturer
    • Making any other maneuver which unreasonably or unnecessarily endangers life, limb, or property
PWC jumping wake of a boat