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PWC towing a wakeboarder
If towing a skier with a PWC, the PWC should be rated for at least three people—the operator, the observer, and the person being towed.

Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, or other devices must obey these laws.

  • A person may not be towed on water skis, a surfboard, or other devices between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.
  • When a vessel is towing a person on water skis, a surfboard, or other devices, there must be a means to observe the person being towed. The vessel must have either:
    • A competent person on board, in addition to the operator, to act as an observer or ...
    • A wide-angle (at least 160 degrees) rearview mirror positioned so that the operator can view the towed person.
  • Those towing skiers on water skis, a surfboard, or other devices and those being towed must act in a safe and prudent manner. It is illegal to operate the vessel or manipulate the towing rope, water skis, or other devices such that the towed device or person collides with any other person or object.
  • Water-skiing is prohibited in harbors or near swimming areas, docks, landings, piers, anchorages, anchored vessels, and fishing boats.