Legal Operation on a PWC It is illegal to: Operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise. Operate a PWC at greater than idle speed if within 50 feet of a non-moving boat, a dock or pier, a bridge, or a person in the water. Jump the wake of another boat unnecessarily close to the other boat or when visibility around the other boat is restricted. Operate a PWC so that it leaves the water (jumps) within 200 feet of a boat whose wake it is crossing. Operate a PWC in excess of idle speed within 100 yards of the Atlantic coastline. Chase, harass, or disturb wildlife.