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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.

Unlawful Operation: Riding on the Stern

Riding on the Bow, Gunwales, or Transom is allowing passengers to ride on a vessel in places where there may be a chance of falling overboard while underway at greater than idle speed.

Unsafe Conditions is operating a vessel in a condition that causes a hazard to the occupants or others on the waterways. For any of these problems, an enforcement officer may instruct the operator to immediately take corrective action or return to the nearest mooring.

  • There are insufficient personal flotation devices, fire extinguishers, backfire flame arrestors, ventilation, or navigation lights.
  • The vessel is overloaded or overpowered.
  • Any other unsafe condition exists.