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Hours of Operation

Many areas have "Hours of Operation" regulations. Most states prohibit PWC operation after sunset and before sunrise. The regulations are designed to reduce accidents and injuries. These rules may apply to all boats or only certain types such as power driven vessels or PWCs. The purpose is to improve boating safety and/or to reduce noise during certain hours.

While PWCs are classified as boats and are subject to the same rules and regulations there are some significant differences. Below on the left are general boating guidelines for operation after sunset and before sunrise. On the right are PWC guidelines. You'll see how they differ.

Boating Guidelines

PWC Guidelines

Night Time
Recreational boats are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of reduced visibility.

Night Time
Most states have laws prohibiting PWC operation after sunset and before sunrise. Some states do not directly prohibit this operation but the USPS, Coast Guard Auxiliary and PWCSafetySchool.com strongly recommend against it, for safety reasons. In areas where operation after sunset and before sunrise is not prohibited PWCs must use the same navigational lights as any other vessel.

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