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Washington law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

Teak Surfing (or Platform Dragging) is holding onto any portion of the exterior of the transom of a vessel (including the swim platform, swim deck, swim step, or swim ladder) for any amount of time while a power-driven vessel is underway or the engine is idling.

Bodysurfing is swimming or floating on or in the wake directly behind a power-driven vessel that is underway or idling.

  • The Jenda Jones and Denise Colbert Safe Boating Act prohibits the operation of a motorboat while an individual is teak surfing, platform dragging, or bodysurfing.
  • The law does not apply to persons who are briefly on a swim platform, swim deck, swim step, or swim ladder while exiting or entering a vessel.
  • This law has been passed to aid in the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • All new and used power-driven vessels that are sold within Washington (other than personal watercraft) must display an approved carbon monoxide warning sticker on the interior of the vessel.
Washinton Carbon Monoxide Warning Sticker
Washington state law requires the owner or dealer to apply this sticker on the interior of the vessel where it will be visible to passengers. Decals are available from vehicle/boat licensing offices.