Most Frequent Boating Law Violations

The following are the most frequent boating law violations compiled by the Michigan Marine Publications, based on interviews with experienced law enforcement officials.

  1. Skiing, tubing, or towing without a proper observer.
  2. Excessive noise, both on water and on the shoreline.
  3. Coming closer than 100 feet to docks, boats, swimmers, and other provisions of the 100 foot rule. (PERSONAL WATERCRAFT ARE FREQUENT VIOLATORS.)
  4. Lights not displayed between sunset and sunrise or not using proper red/green bow light and all around white light.
  5. Operating a Personal Watercraft after sunset.