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Unsafe Riding

No occupant of a vessel that is underway shall sit, stand, or walk on any area not designed for that movement except when immediately necessary for safe and reasonable navigation or operation.

No operator shall permit any occupant to violate this section.

No person shall operate or permit operation of any vessel in violation of this section.

Riding on the stern

Note: Riding on the bow, gunwales, seat backs, or the front of pontoon boats is especially dangerous because unexpected movement, large waves, or a sudden change in course could easily throw the passenger in the water. Pedestal seats should not be used at speeds much more than idle speed. The risk of injury from being run over by the boat or being struck by the propeller is great in such situations.

Overloading or Overpowering

No person shall operate or permit operation of a watercraft in excess of any of the stated limits on the capacity plate.

When no capacity plate exists, no person shall operate or permit operation of a watercraft if a reasonably prudent person would believe the total load aboard or the total horsepower of any motor or engine presents a risk of physical harm to persons or property.

No person shall alter, remove, or deface any information on the capacity plate.