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#3847622 - Yesterday at 06:29 AM Trolling?
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When trolling with the gas motor running does everyone onboard have to be seated in the travel seats or can you have people in the fishing seats? Speed would be around 2-2.5 mph.
#3849044 - Today at 02:17 AM Re: Trolling? [Re: junebugwapiti]
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Registered: 08/16/06
Posts: 1416
Loc: Oneida, Gods Country

that is a good question and would be a discretion thing I would imagine, BUT I would play it safe, the vessel is in motion by power of the engine AND accidents always happen too quick. A prop, even at 2.5mph would still do quite a bit of damage.

Examples of reckless operation are:
•Operating a vessel in swimming areas.
•Riding on seatbacks, gunwales, transoms or pedestal seats while above an idle speed.
•Excessive speed in crowded areas, dangerous areas or during restricted visibility.
•Operating an overloaded vessel.
•Towing a skier in a crowded area where a fallen skier is likely to be hit by other vessels or towing in areas where the skier is likely to strike an obstacle.
•Using a personal watercraft to jump the immediate wake of another vessel.

All it would take is the officer to interpret the speed to be more than Idle speed and you could have a pretty hefty citation. I have went by a the motto, "if it has you asking, more and likely its not safe to do? lol. Hope this helps you out.

#3849341 - Today at 09:41 AM Re: Trolling? [Re: dmitchell28]
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If the boat is being operated above idle or no wake speed, all persons in the boat must be seated below the gunnels of the boat.
Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

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