Riding on the Bow, Deck, or Gunwale

By the books: Riding on a closed bow, gunwale or other areas such as the transom, seat backs, seats on raised decks, or any other place where there may be a chance of falling overboard is considered dangerous and shall not be permitted.

Specifically, operators may NOT allow passengers to:

  • Sit or stand on the gunwale while underway
  • Sit or stand on the closed bow of a boat while underway, unless the boat is equipped with handrails and all passengers are inward of the handrail.
  • Hang any portion of their body over the bow or gunwale, or beyond the handrail, if operating at a greater then “slow-no-wake speed”. “Notice the specific words “any portion of their body”.

Guys, its always about safety, if it looks dangerous or unsafe to you, then it probably is. There should be plenty of seating for your passengers to enjoy and plenty of other activities for the thrill-seekers.* As the operator, you are responsible for your passengers so keep ’em safe! After all its YOU the operator who gets the ticket…

*In addition to the above mentioned guidelines, you should always heed the information provided on the Capacity Plate in regards to maximum passengers and maximum weights.