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New York law prohibits reckless operation of a vessel. Reckless operation of a vessel is that which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the navigable waters of the state or unreasonably endangers any other vessel or person. The following are some examples of reckless operation.

Reckless Operation is acting in a way which disregards the safety of yourself and/or others, including:

  • Jumping the wake of another vessel too close to that vessel
  • Following too close to another vessel
  • Operating too close to swimmers or divers
  • Weaving through congested traffic
  • Swerving at the last minute to avoid a collision
  • Overloading the vessel beyond the recommended capacity shown on the capacity plate installed by the vessel manufacturer
PWC passing too close to another vessel