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PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

In Rhode Island, these are the operating laws for PWC.

  • PWC may not be operated between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.
  • PWC must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner at all times. For example, it is illegal to:
    • Jump the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to the other vessel.
    • Weave your PWC through congested traffic.
  • No one may operate a PWC at greater than headway speed within 200 feet of swimmers, divers, the shoreline, or moored vessels.
  • When launched from shore or returning to shore, PWC must proceed directly to the area where operation is allowed in a direction as near perpendicular as possible and not in excess of headway speed.
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