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REGULATIONS RELATIVE TO MOTOR BOATS ON LAKES, PONDS, & RIVERS IN THE TOWN OF RUTL
Section  1.   No power-propelled boat shall be operated at a rate of speed in excess of five (5) miles per hour when leaving the shore, or when approaching a landing place.

Section  2.   No person shall operate a power-propelled boat at a rate of speed exceeding twenty (20) miles per hour.

Section  3.   No person shall operate a power-propelled boat at a distance of less than one hundred (100) feet from any shore, boat, canoe, raft or swimmer, except when leaving the shore or approaching a landing place.

Section  4.   Power-propelled boats shall not be operated nearer than two hundred (200) feet from a public bathing beach, or nearer than one hundred (100) feet from any private bathing beach.

Section  5.  Any power-propelled boat towing a person or persons on water-skis or aquaplane shall be occupied by two persons, one of whom shall give full attention to the operation of the boat, and the other shall give full attention to the safety of the person or persons being towed.

Section  6.  The maximum length of a ski-rope shall not exceed seventy-five (75) feet.

Section  7.   No water-skiing or operation of a power boat in excess of five (5) miles per hour shall be permitted within one hundred (100) feet of any shore, boat, canoe, raft, or swimmer, nor between the hours of 9:00 o'clock P.M. and 9:00 o'clock A.M...

Section   8.   Power-propelled boats shall give the right of way to any oar-propelled boat, or any boat proceeding under sail.

Section  9.   Power-propelled boats meeting head-on opposite courses, shall be operated as to pass each other on the left or port side.  When boats approach each other obliquely, or at right angles, the boat approaching on the right has the right of way.

Section 10.  No power-propelled boat shall be operated at a speed creating an excessive wash or wake so as to interfere with the operation of other water craft, to endanger bathers or damage property.

Section 11.  Any persons violating any of these regulations shall be subject to a fine not exceeding twenty (20) dollars for each such violation.

 General Laws / Chapter  102, Section 15A
" Whoever operates in or upon the waters within the territorial limits of the Commonwealth a boat propelled in whole or in part by an internal combustion engine, recklessly or negligently, so that the lives and safety of the public might be endangered, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars and not more than fifty dollars.  The provisions of the section shall be enforced by the Department of Public Safety, by Harbor Masters and Police Officers authorized to make arrests."



 
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