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Speed

In New York State, vessel speed is generally
limited to 5 mph when within 100 feet of the
shore, a dock, pier, raft, float, or anchored boat.
On some specific bodies of water the 5 mph limit
has been extended to 200 feet, and there may
also be a 45 mph daytime and 25 mph nighttime
speed limit. Local ordinances may further regulate the speed
of boats operated within specific areas, check with authorities
regarding local regulations.
When no speed limit is posted, vessels must always be operated in such a fashion so as not to endanger others. A vessel
must be able to stop within a distance appropriate to the prevailing conditions A vessel operator is responsible for any damage
caused by the vessel's wake. Prudent judgment requires operators to reduce speed when passing marinas, fishing vessels, work
boats or other similar areas. When encountering marine regattas
or parades, always transit with an escort vessel. Should no escort
vessel be provided, vessels should only proceed at a safe, no
wake speed, as far away from the regatta as safely possible.

Boating Accidents

It is the responsibility of
every boater to render all
practical and necessary aid
possible to other vessels
requiring assistance, without
endangering their vessel or
their passengers.
If you are involved in a
boating accident you must
stop and give your name, address and vessel identification to the
owner of the damaged property or any injured party. If personal
injury has been caused to another person, or another person
has disappeared under the water, the nearest law enforcement
agency shall be contacted immediately. In the event of an
accident involving only property damage, if the person sustaining
damage cannot be located at the scene or the other operator
involved leaves the scene, the accident shall be reported to the
nearest law enforcement agency immediately.
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