Towing a Person With a Vessel Legally
In addition to adhering to the laws as they apply to all vessels, vessel operators towing someone on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device must obey these laws.
- It is illegal for vessels to tow persons on water skis, surfboards, or any device of this type between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.
- Vessels towing water-skiers or participating in a similar activity must operate in a careful and prudent manner. A reasonable distance from other vessels, people, and property must be maintained so as not to endanger life or property. It is illegal to cause the person being towed to collide with any object or person.
- It is illegal to be towed on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- To tow a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device behind a PWC legally:
- There must be a person on board the PWC, in addition to the operator, observing the towed person(s) or the PWC must be equipped with a wide-angle rearview mirror and...
- The PWC must have a capacity rating by the manufacturer that is at least equal to the total number of persons operating, observing, and being towed.
- It is illegal for a vessel, other than a PWC, to tow a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device unless:
- A person, in addition to the vessel operator, is on board and observing the towed person(s) or…
- The vessel is equipped with a wide-angle rearview mirror mounted such that the operator can observe the towed person(s) at all times or...
- Each person being towed is wearing a PFD