2018 New York State Boater's Guide - 63
Boating while Intoxicated (BWI) - prohibited on all watercraft,
laws are strict, penalties severe
Swim Areas - no operation permitted within 500 feet of a
designated swim area, except in bodies of water where the opposing shoreline is less than 500 feet or when launching and
retrieving a PWC from a designated launch site. PWC must not
exceed 10 mph when within this zone.
Reckless Operation - strictly prohibited, examples of such
operation would be:
* wake jumping too close to other vessels,
* weaving through congested traffic,
* last minute swerving to avoid collision,
Liveries - prohibited from renting PWC to individuals less than
16 years of age. Livery operators are also required to check
proof of age, and if the individual is less than 18 years of age, a
boating safety certificate, prior to renting out equipment. Liveries
must also explain/demonstrate proper use of a PWC, as well as
maintain rental records for not less than one year.
Those 18 years of age and older wishing to rent a PWC from
a livery may do so without a boating safety certificate provided
they operate in a specific area within 2500 feet of the livery, or
if removed from the livery location they may not be operated
beyond 500 feet of the livery operator in order that they may
be supervised. In cases where a livery operator is monitoring
PWC away from the livery, his/her PWC or life jacket must be
clearly marked in a distinguishable manner.
Reminder - a PWC is a recreational boat which means that
its operator must obey the rules of the road. PWC operators
should also be mindful that group riding in one area may annoy
other waterfront users/owners, and may in fact become dangerous, particularly if one's attention is limited to having fun while
neglecting other traffic or hazards.