86B.313 PERSONAL WATERCRAFT REGULATIONS.
Subdivision 1. General requirements.
(a) In addition to requirements of other laws relating
to watercraft, a person may not operate or permit the operation of a personal watercraft:
(1) without each person on board the personal watercraft wearing a United States Coast
Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device;
(2) between one hour before sunset and 9:30 a.m.;
(3) at greater than slow-no wake speed within 150 feet of:
(i) a shoreline;
(ii) a dock;
(iii) a swimmer;
(iv) a raft used for swimming or diving; or
(v) a moored, anchored, or nonmotorized watercraft;
(4) while towing a person on water skis, a kneeboard, an inflatable craft, or any other
(i) an observer is on board; or
(ii) the personal watercraft is equipped with factory-installed or factory-specified accessory
mirrors that give the operator a wide field of vision to the rear;
(5) without the lanyard-type engine cutoff switch being attached to the person, clothing,
or personal flotation device of the operator, if the personal watercraft is equipped by the
manufacturer with such a device;
(6) if any part of the spring-loaded throttle mechanism has been removed, altered, or
tampered with so as to interfere with the return-to-idle system;
(7) to chase or harass wildlife;
(8) through emergent or floating vegetation at other than a slow-no wake speed;
(9) in a manner that unreasonably or unnecessarily endangers life, limb, or property,
including weaving through congested watercraft traffic, jumping the wake of another watercraft
within 150 feet of the other watercraft, or operating the watercraft while facing backwards;
(10) in any other manner that is not reasonable and prudent; or
(11) without a personal watercraft rules decal, issued by the commissioner, attached to the
personal watercraft so as to be in full view of the operator.
(b) Paragraph (a), clause (3), does not apply to a person operating a personal watercraft to
launch or land a person on water skis, a kneeboard, or similar device by the most direct route
to open water.
Subd. 2. Age of operator.
Except in the case of an emergency, a person under the age of 13
years may not operate or be permitted to operate a personal watercraft, regardless of horsepower.
It is unlawful for the owner of a personal watercraft to permit the personal watercraft to be
operated contrary to this subdivision.
Subd. 3. Operator's permit; adult supervision.
Except in the case of an emergency, a
person 13 years of age or over but less than 18 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft,
regardless of horsepower, without possessing a valid watercraft operator's permit as required by
, unless there is a person 21 years of age or older on board the craft. In addition to
the permit requirement, a person 13 years of age operating a personal watercraft must remain
under visual supervision by a person who is 21 years of age or older. An owner of a personal
watercraft may not permit the personal watercraft to be operated contrary to this subdivision.
Subd. 4. Dealers and rental operations.
(a) A dealer of personal watercraft shall distribute a
summary of the laws and rules governing the operation of personal watercraft and, upon request,
shall provide instruction to a purchaser regarding:
(1) the laws and rules governing personal watercraft; and
(2) the safe operation of personal watercraft.
(b) A person who offers personal watercraft for rent:
(1) shall provide a summary of the laws and rules governing the operation of personal
watercraft and provide instruction regarding the laws and rules and the safe operation of personal
watercraft to each person renting a personal watercraft;
(2) shall provide a United States Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation
device and any other required safety equipment to all persons who rent a personal watercraft
at no additional cost; and
(3) shall require that a watercraft operator's permit from this state or from the operator's state
of residence be shown each time a personal watercraft is rented to any person younger than age 18
and shall record the permit on the form provided by the commissioner.
(c) Each dealer of personal watercraft or person offering personal watercraft for rent
shall have the person who purchases or rents a personal watercraft sign a form provided by
the commissioner acknowledging that the purchaser or renter has been provided a copy of the
laws and rules regarding personal watercraft operation and has read them. The form must be
retained by the dealer or person offering personal watercraft for rent for a period of six months
following the date of signature and must be made available for inspection by sheriff's deputies or
conservation officers during normal business hours.
History: 1991 c 225 s 3; 1992 c 573 s 4; 1993 c 219 s 1; 1996 c 396 s 4; 1998 c 400 s 2-4