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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by linkman View Post
    Yeah, you can beat this one in court, unless they can prove you were near someone while doing it.

    Here's the Wisconsin boater's handbook:
    http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/le/le0301.pdf

    Specifically, it is illegal to:
    • Operate a vessel repeatedly in a circuitous manner within 200 feet of another vessel or person in the water.

    And here is the Wisconsin statute:

    http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/stat...utes/30/V/68/5

    30.68  Prohibited operation.

    (4m) Facing backwards. No person may operate a personal watercraft while facing backwards.
    (5) Operating in circular course. No person may operate a motorboat repeatedly in a circuitous course around any other boat, or around any person who is swimming, if such circuitous course is within 200 feet of such boat or swimmer; nor shall any boat or water skier operate or approach closer than 100 feet to any skin diver's flag or any swimmer unless the boat is part of the skin diving operation or is accompanying the swimmer, or unless physical conditions make compliance impossible.

    I had to include the backwards portion. I hope that's not the case in other states!
    The bay he was in is very small. He was most likely within 200 feet of dozens of moored boats the whole time.


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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    It was saturday early AM and more in the middle between the bay and the middle of the lake. I promise, no boats near me and almost none on the lake.
    Last edited by TheYelowDart; 08-08-2016 at 01:58 PM.

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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by TheYelowDart View Post
    By myself in a cove doing hard right circles. Cop watched me for 20 or so minutes before coming over and giving me this. He said it was a state law that boats can't go in circles. What??


    http://m.imgur.com/VH7feyI?r
    Now you weren't in the cove? Better delete this thread before the town DA sees it . He knows about this website


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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    No reason to be odd about it... If I measure the footage I was at least 350 feet from both shore lines... Do you think the town district attorney is going to come after me about doing circles in the lake on a jet ski? I am really worried now!

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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    Just giving you crap.

    First you said you were riding in a cove, and you posted a link of the exact cove/bay I figured you were talking about.

    Then you said you were in the middle of the lake.

    Parts of the bay/cove you posted are not even 400 feet across, thus making it impossible to be 200 feet from shore.

    No DA is coming after you. The cop came after you, watched you for 20 minutes and wrote you a ticket. If the cop took pics of you with their range finder thingambob, it may be tough to claim you were 200+ feet from shore/moored boats. If not, then it's your word against the cop. It's just a ticket. If you were truly within 200 feet from shore/boats, consider it a lesson, pay it, and move on. Either way, there are much better places to ride where you are at that do not involve even getting near that bay.


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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    There are probably a few things about what you did and how the law is written that will get you a not guilty verdict. First, the law states that you are not permitted "repeatedly in a circuitous course around any other boat, or around any person who is swimming." If there was no boater or swimmer inside the circumference of that path then it could be interpreted that the law is intended to prevent you from being a hazard to someone inside that loop (which is probably the intent anyways).

    If that argument fails and the only problem was a nearby swimmer -- as far as I can tell that law does not define what the term "swimmer" means. The lack of definition creates ambiguity and that is in your favor.
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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    Quote Originally Posted by TheYelowDart View Post
    Are they okay with stand ups there? I have been run out of the chain for the most part and the only place I have left is the Illinois river
    Fox chain??? I only ask because i live down here. Never had issues with standups i get the thumbs up and they move along. So many idiots and noobs in boats why are you going to target a stand up.

    Now if you have no waterbox i could see you getting some attention.

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    Re: Got in trouble in Wisconsin

    Different scenario but I got a parking ticket while parked legally and out riding my standup. I called the cop that ticketed me and was told that although I was not breaking any laws someone had called and complained about my car and therefore the cop felt obligated to ticket me. They stressed that I was welcome to fight the ticket and that the magistrate might well take my side, but that it was at their discretion to ticket me regardless.


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