Boating Regulations & Laws - Revised Code of Washington
Like motor vehicle laws, 79A.60 RCW regulates recreation vehicles on Washington's many waterways including sail boats, motor boats, jet skis and ski dos. The Pacific Northwest is blessed with an abundance of lakes, rivers, the Hood Canal and the Puget Sound. The responsibilities of operating a boat are very much the same as operating any motor vehicle. Driving under the influence while boating and causing an accident will result in similar penalties as on a major highway.