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Reckless operation of a vessel is illegal in Virginia. Reckless operation of a vessel is defined as the failure to exercise the care necessary to prevent the endangerment of life, limb, or property of any other person. Some examples of illegal and reckless operation are:

  • Operating in a reckless manner such as jumping wakes close to another vessel or weaving in and out of waterway traffic.
  • Failing to obey any regulatory marker. For example, it is illegal to boat in restricted areas, such as swimming areas, that have been marked clearly by buoys or in some other manner.
  • Chasing, harassing, or disturbing marine mammals or birds with your vessel.
PWC operators must obey all boating laws and also must obey additional laws that apply only to PWC.