Sec. 25. new text begin[86B.303] OPERATING PERSONAL WATERCRAFT AND OTHER
Subdivision 1.Adult operators,adult operator may not operate a motorboat,
including a personal watercraft, unless:
(1) the adult operator possesses a valid watercraft operator’s permit;
(2) the adult operator is an exempt operator; or
(3) an accompanying operator is in the motorboat.
Subd. 2. Young operators begin(a) A young operator may not operate a personal watercraft
or any motorboat powered by a motor with a factory rating of more than 75 horsepower.
(b) A young operator may operate a motorboat that is not a personal watercraft and that
is powered by a motor with a factory rating of less than 75 horsepower if an accompanying
operator is in the motorboat.
Subd. 3.Accompanying operators.For purposes of this section and section 169A.20,
an accompanying operator, as well as the actual operator, is operating and is in physical
control of a motorboat.
Subd4 Owners may not allow unlawful use.An owner or other person in lawful
control of a motorboat may not allow the motorboat to be operated contrary to this section.
Subd. 5 Exception for low-powered Notwithstanding the other provisions
of this section, a person of any age may operate a motorboat that is not a personal watercraft
that is powered by a motor with a factory rating of 25 horsepower or less without possessing
a valid watercraft operator’s permit and without an accompanying operator in the motorboat.