Improper Speed and Distance
Tennessee law states that it is unlawful to operate a watercraft in a reckless, negligent, or dangerous manner. Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and up to six months in jail. Specifically, the following operating practices are illegal.
Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed and distance while operating a vessel. Specifically, it is illegal to:
- Operate at an excessive rate of speed in crowded or dangerous areas or during periods of restricted visibility.
- Operate a vessel at greater than “slow, no wake speed” in any areas marked as “No Wake.”
- Operate within 300 feet of a commercial vessel dock at greater than “idle speeds.”
- Jump the wake of another vessel within 100 feet of that vessel.