Lawful Operation of a PWC
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