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    North Carolina PWC law confusion...

    Yesterday, I was in Corolla, NC out taking pictures with my girlfriend. We can drive on the beach here. As I was approaching the ramp, I noticed a sign that stated "no launching, or retrieval of PWC on the beaches" which is fine.. However, it continued to say something to the effect that operation of PWCs was illegal in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean... For some reason, I want to call bull$hit...

    I have been going into the ocean via Oregon Inlet, and have never had any trouble. Below is a link to the PWC laws in NC. It says NOTHING about no operation in the ocean. It even goes on to say to stay X amount of feet away from surfers... The last time I checked, you will only find surfers in the ocean...

    http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg05_Boati.../pg5c1_law.htm


    Can anyone give me a clear cut answer here? I know some of you are attourney types, and can find this stuff....


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    Do you have a photo of the sign?

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    PWC operation in the Atlantic Ocean is prohibited in NC. I think you are ok in the inlets, but not out in the ocean in front of the beaches.... It has been that way for quite some time now.

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    That got to be BS!

    Once you go outside 12 miles you are in International waters. Wonder
    how you get there legally? This seems that if it's a state law it could be challenged.

    Aren't there rental skis on the coast in NC??

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXJeepGuy View Post
    Yesterday, I was in Corolla, NC out taking pictures with my girlfriend. We can drive on the beach here. As I was approaching the ramp, I noticed a sign that stated "no launching, or retrieval of PWC on the beaches" which is fine.. However, it continued to say something to the effect that operation of PWCs was illegal in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean... For some reason, I want to call bull$hit...

    I have been going into the ocean via Oregon Inlet, and have never had any trouble. Below is a link to the PWC laws in NC. It says NOTHING about no operation in the ocean. It even goes on to say to stay X amount of feet away from surfers... The last time I checked, you will only find surfers in the ocean...

    http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg05_Boati.../pg5c1_law.htm


    Can anyone give me a clear cut answer here? I know some of you are attourney types, and can find this stuff....
    actually "surfers" are taking to the lakes and rivers with a new sport called paddle surfing(basically you paddle a surfboard, sounds like fun huh?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgtv View Post
    Once you go outside 12 miles you are in International waters. Wonder
    how you get there legally? This seems that if it's a state law it could be challenged.

    Aren't there rental skis on the coast in NC??
    No, only on the soundside...

    Now I have found something that says 200 yds. is the closest I can get. This seems to be a real grey area, and I plan to dig real deep, and get some good info... Just have to figure out who to talk to, or go out past the inlet, and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Do you have a photo of the sign?
    No, of course I forgot to get one. As soon as I go back up, I will get a photo.

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    What a joke....

    Now here is an interesting read: The smallest incorporated town on the Outer Banks has their own PWC laws... What a joke.

    Pay close attention to what I italicized, and put in bold print:

    SUMMARY
    TOWN OF SOUTHERN SHORES
    PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC) REGULATIONS


    PWC regulations apply to the waters of Southern Shores and its areas of extraterritorial jurisdiction. (Ginguite Creek; Currituck Sound; Southern Shores Canals and lagoons; Atlantic Ocean)


    ♦ Must be 16 or older to operate a PWC



    ♦ Each operator must obtain a yearly permit from the Town of Southern Shores Police Department:
    1. Appear in person at the Southern Shores Police Dept. weekdays, 8:30 AM - 5PM, excluding holidays.
    2. Sign a statement that you understand the Rules of the Road, State PWC Statute, and the
    Town PWC Ordinance.
    3. Present proof of current PWC registration (exhibit the registration number on each side
    of the bow).
    4. Show proof of insurance (minimum $100,000 each person and each occurence and $50,000
    property damage).
    5. Show proof of having attended a US Coast Guard or NASBLA approved course
    on safe boating in person or via the internet.
    ♦ Operating Rules:
    1. NO operating between sunset and sunrise.
    2. Except for purposes of ingress and egress to and from the point of launch and waters
    where PWC operations are conducted, and then at no wake speed sufficient to maintain
    steerage way but not more than 5mph, NO PWC may be operated:
    a. In the Atlantic Ocean within 200 yards of the shoreline and within 100 yards of a fishing pier.
    b. On any waters within the Town canal and lagoon system.
    c. In Ginguite Bay and Creek.
    d. In Currituck Sound within 400 yards of the shoreline of Southern Shores.
    e. In channels leading from SSCA north marina to Currituck Sound and from
    Martin’s Point marina to the above channel, PWC may proceed at speeds up to
    those of any other motorized vessel also transiting the channels.
    3. NO harassment of wildlife by any activities such as repeated circling or other repetitive
    maneuvers in close proximity to nesting areas.
    ♦ State Law (G.S.75A-13.3) provides additional requirements including but not limited to:
    1. Each person must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD).
    2. No towing unless observer on board or PWC is equipped with rear view mirrors.
    3. Observe passenger limits per manufacturer.
    4. Lanyard cutoff must be attached to the person, clothing or PFD.
    5. Do not jump another vessel’s wake within 100 feet; operate at or below no wake speed
    within 100 feet of an anchored or moored vessel, dock, pier, swim float, marked
    swimming area, swimmers, surfers, anglers or manually operated propelled vessels.
    6. Reckless operation is prohibited. "Rules of the Road" apply.
    ♦ For complete details on the Town Ordinance see full text posted at SSCA North Marina, Southern Shores Town Hall or the Town website Ordinance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04RXP22 View Post
    PWC operation in the Atlantic Ocean is prohibited in NC...out in the ocean in front of the beaches...
    Do you mean no PWC operation close to the beaches, or no PWC operation farther out in the ocean?

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    That is what I am trying to get a clear cut answer on...

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