Nevada’s Laws for Reckless of Negligent Boat Operation
It is illegal in the state of Nevada to operate any boat or manipulate any waterskis, surfboard or similar device in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.
Examples of reckless or negligent boat operation include:
- Riding on the bow, gunwale, transom or outboard engine cover.
- Maneuvering a towed skier or device so as to pass the towline over another boat or its skier.
- Chasing or harassing wildlife with any boat.
- Navigating any boat, skis or device between a towing boat and its tow.
- Operating a motorized boat while any person is hanging onto, or sitting, standing or riding on, a swim platform or a swim ladder that is attached to the boat.
- Overloading a boat beyond it’s safe carrying capacity.
Nevada’s Laws for Boat Speed Limits and Operation in Restricted Areas
In Nevada, it is illegal to operate a motorized boat at a speed greater than “No Wake” speed within 100 feet of an anchored or moored boat, a person engaged in angling from another boat or any human-powered boat (i.e. a kayak, raft, canoe, etc.).
It is also unlawful to operate at greater than “No Wake” speed within 100 feet of a beach frequented by bathers.
Additionally, it is illegal to operate a boat in any restricted or zoned area, such as a designated swimming area. To find out more about the locations of Nevada’s restricted and zoned areas, visit: www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/NAC-488.html#NAC488Sec430.