Skip to main content

Course Outline

Boat creating a wake

These dangerous operating practices are illegal under Oregon law.

Failure to Regulate Speed is operating a boat at a rate of speed such that the boat cannot be stopped within the clear distance ahead. An example is if your boat runs over or into an object because you are traveling too fast and cannot stop the boat in time.

Improper Distance is not maintaining a proper distance while operating a boat or while towing a person on water skis or any similar device. The Slow-No Wake Proximity Rule states that operators must observe “slow-no wake speed” within 200 feet of a boat ramp, a marina or moorage with six or more boats or structures, or people working at water level. For example, if your wake causes damage to a dock, you may be liable for the damage.

  • Unit 4 of 6
  • Topic 3 of 19
  • Page 2 of 4