Ohio law prohibits reckless operation of a boat or PWC.
No person shall operate a vessel, water skis, or similar device:
- Carelessly or heedlessly
- Without due caution
- In disregard of the rights or safety of any person, vessel, or property
- At a rate of speed or in a manner so as to endanger any person, vessel, or property
No person shall operate or permit operation of a vessel in an unsafe manner. Unsafe operation includes:
- Becoming airborne while crossing the wake of another vessel within 100 feet or an unsafe distance
- Operating at a speed or in proximity to a vessel or person being towed so as to require either vessel to swerve to avoid collision
- Operating less than 200 feet behind a water-skier
- Weaving through congested traffic
A vessel shall be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner at all times.
Operators of belly boats, kiteboards, paddleboards, and sailboards also must follow the navigation rules and obey all operating laws.