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Reckless operation of a vessel is illegal in Virginia. Here are some examples of illegal and reckless operation:

  • Overloading your vessel (too many people or too much weight).
  • Allowing persons to ride or sit on the bow, gunwale, or transom or on the decking over the bow of the vessel while under power unless the vessel is provided with adequate guards or railing to prevent passengers from falling overboard. This restriction does not apply to persons who need to be in these locations in order to moor, anchor, or cast off a vessel.
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