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Steering a PWC

Courtesy When Encountering Other Boats

Jumping the wake of a passing boat, or riding too close to another boat, creates special risks and is restricted or even prohibited. Visibility around the boat making the wake may be blocked, both for the PWC operator and for oncoming traffic.

Vary your operating area and avoid repetitious operation during your ride. Avoid congregating with other PWC operators near shore as this can increase annoying noise levels. Avoid making excessive noise near residential and camping areas, particularly early in the morning. Excessive use in one area can be an irritant to people who are there to enjoy a quiet and relaxing time.

Avoid maneuvers that cause the engine exhaust to lift out of the water as this causes increased noise levels. Do not modify your engine exhaust system if the result is more noise. Improperly modified exhausts will not make your PWC faster and may raise the noise to an illegal level.

Environmental Considerations

When operating your PWC always be considerate of the effect you may have on the environment. Do not operate a PWC in shallow water (less than 24 inches deep). Bottom sediments or aquatic vegetation can be sucked into the water pump and damage your PWC and the environment. High speed operation in very shallow water or near shore can cause erosion.

Take extra care when fueling your PWC in or near the water. Oil and gasoline spills are very detrimental to the aquatic environment.

Never use your PWC to chase wildlife such as birds feeding near shore, water fowl or other animals.

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