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Some important Nebraska Laws (Click this link for all Nebraska Boating Regulations): 

  • All motorized watercraft MUST have a Nebraska registration and MUST display the current registration numbers on the forward half of the vessel.

  • As of January 1, 2004, any motorboat operator (including personal watercraft) at least 14 but less than 18 must complete a Boating Safety Course and be in possession of a course certificate when operating the boat.

  • Children under 12 years old aboard any vessel must wear a USCG approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

  • Sail boats, canoes, rowboats, paddle boats and SWIMMERS always have the right-of-way.

  • Personal watercraft cannot under any circumstances be operated from sunset to sunrise.

  • All boats must use appropriate lights at night.

  • A vessel towing a person on water skis or similar devices carry a bright orange (skier down" flag, at least 12 inches square or at least 144 square inches in size) when a skier is down.

  • Boats must not follow a skier closer than 200 feet

  • Maintain a distance of 50 feet from all shorelines, docks and other watercraft.

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