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Some examples of operating at speeds that are illegal are:

  • Operating at speeds that are not reasonable and prudent based on boating traffic, weather conditions, visibility, or other potential hazards. If no limits are posted, you should operate a vessel so that it does not endanger others. Vessel speed should always be maintained so that the vessel can be stopped safely.
  • Operating any vessel at greater than no wake or idle speed when within 50 feet of:
    • Docks, piers, or boathouses
    • Boat ramps
    • Persons in the water (Note that this does not apply to your towed skier or those “accompanying” vessels with inboard motors.)
  • Causing damage to a person or property with your vessel's wake. You must reduce speed so as not to cause damage or danger when approaching or passing:
    • Vessels underway or vessels at anchor
    • Docks, piers, or boathouses
    • Persons in the water
    • Persons in the water (Note that this does not apply to your towed skier or those “accompanying” vessels with inboard motors.)