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PWC have the following speed and distance restrictions.

  • Slow to 10 mph when you are approaching within 100 feet of another powerboat or sailboat underway.
Illustration showing where PWCs should operate at a slow, no wake speed
  • Slow to slow-no wake speed (maximum 5 mph) when within:
    • 100 feet of any anchored or non-motorized boat.
    • 200 feet of a shoreline of a lake, bay, or reservoir (safe take-offs and landings are excepted)
    • 200 feet of a swimmer, a surfer, a shoreline angler, or a diver-down flag
    • 200 feet of a dock, launch ramp, marina, mooring area, floating home, boathouse, pier, or swim float
  • Do not operate PWCs within 200 feet behind a person being towed on water skis or other similar devices.