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Unsafe Condition is operating a vessel in a condition that causes a hazard to the occupants or others on the waterways. Law enforcement officers may instruct the operator to immediately return to the nearest dock or safe anchorage, and the operator may not continue operating until the condition is corrected. Examples of conditions that are considered unsafe operation include:

  • There are insufficient personal flotation devices, fire extinguishers, backfire flame arrestors, ventilation systems, or navigation lights.
  • The boat is overloaded or overpowered.
  • The boat has fuel in the bilge.
  • The operator is intoxicated.