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Water jet-pump-driven boats that are generally less than 13 feet in length (Jetskis
and Waverunners). Personal watercraft (PWC) come in many sizes and can now easily
accommodate four people. In addition, many personal watercraft can pull a skier.
The state of California defines a “personal watercraft” as: "a vessel 13 feet in
length or less, propelled by
machinery, that is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling
on the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside
Personal Watercraft (PWC) are subject to the same laws governing the operation
of motorboats of the same size. More information is available in the Department
of Boating and Waterways publication,
Safe Boating Hints for Personal Watercraft.
From the ABCs of the California Boating Law (2009)
California law holds that no person shall operate any craft in a reckless or negligent
manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.
Some examples are:
Other actions which constitute unsafe operation are operating a PWC toward any person
or vessel in the water and turning sharply so as to spray the person or vessel;
and operating at a rate of speed and proximity to another vessel so that either
operator is required to swerve at the last minute to avoid collision.
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