WAIT! CAN YOU RIDE IN THOSE FANCY SEATS ON THE BACK OF YOUR BOAT?
March 26, 2021
No one may operate a motorboat faster than a wake less speed with passengers sitting on front, sides, back, seat backs or motor cover, unless there are adequate rails preventing a person from falling overboard. Operating a motorboat or having the engine of a motorboat idling while a person is occupying or holding onto the swim platform, swim deck, swim step or swim ladder is prohibited due to risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This restriction does not apply when the person is assisting with the docking or departure of the motorboat or while the person is entering or exiting the motorboat. For boats less than 16 feet in length, passengers may not ride on the front of the boat when operated faster than a wakeless speed. For boats 16 feet or longer, passengers may ride on the front if they straddle an upright support on the bow rail without blocking the operator’s view.