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RECKLESS OPERATION OF A VESSEL, SPEED

Section Description
45 Reckless operation of a vessel; speed.
45-A Beaching a disabled water craft.
45-AA Special provisions relating to reckless operation and speed on Canandaigua lake; Keuka lake.
45-AAA Special provisions relating to speed on Irondequoit bay.
45-AAAA Special provisions relating to reckless operation and speed on Greenwood Lake.
45-AAAA*2 Special provisions relating to speed on Sodus Bay.
45-AAAAA Special provisions relating to reckless operation and speed on Lake Alice.
45-AAAAAA Special provisions relating to noise and speed on Lamoka Lake and Waneta Lake.
45-AAAAAA*2 Special provisions relating to reckless operation, noise and speed on the Fulton Chain of Lakes.
45-B Regulation of beaches.
45-C Special provisions relating to reckless operation and speed on Conesus lake.
45-CC Reckless operation and speed on the canal system.
45-D Special provisions relating to speed at Cooke's Point in Great Kills Harbor.
  S 45. Reckless operation of a vessel; speed. 1. (a) Every master or
  operator of a vessel shall at all times navigate the same in  a  careful
  and  prudent  manner in such a way as not to unreasonably interfere with
  the free and proper use of the navigable waters of  the  state  and  all
  tidewaters  bordering  on  or  lying within the boundaries of Nassau and
  Suffolk counties or unreasonably endanger any vessel or person. Reckless
  operation is prohibited. Any person operating a vessel in  violation  of
  this  subdivision  shall  be  guilty  of a misdemeanor punishable as set
  forth in section seventy-three-b of this article.
    (b) No person shall operate a  vessel  at  a  speed  greater  than  is
  reasonable  and  prudent  under  the conditions and having regard to the
  actual and potential hazards then existing.
    1-a. No vessel other than the tending vessel shall be operated  within
  one  hundred  feet  of  a red flag with a diagonal white bar which, when
  displayed on the water or from a boat, indicates underwater diving, or a
  designated course for racing shells but no such flag shall be placed  so
  as  to  deny access or use of any boathouse, wharf, harbor, bay, channel
  or navigable waterway.
    2. Except as provided in section forty-five-cc of this part, no vessel
  shall be operated within one hundred feet of the shore,  a  dock,  pier,
  raft,  float  or  an anchored or moored vessel at a speed exceeding five
  miles per hour, unless such vessel is being operated  near  such  shore,
  dock,  float, pier, raft, or anchored vessel for the purpose of enabling
  a person engaged in water skiing to take off or land.
    3. The provisions of this section shall not apply to  a  vessel  while
  actually  competing  in  a regatta or boat race authorized under section
  thirty-four of this chapter.
    4. The  provisions  of  subdivision  two  above  shall  not  apply  to
  commercial  vessels  having a valid marine document issued by the United
  States or a foreign government.
    5. The violation of any of the provisions of this section  other  than
  paragraph  (a)  of  subdivision  one  of this section shall constitute a
  violation punishable as set forth in  section  seventy-three-c  of  this
  article.
    7.  (a) The court may suspend a person's privilege to operate a vessel
  for a period of  at  least  three  but  less  than  twelve  months  upon
  conviction for reckless operation of a vessel pursuant to any applicable
  provision of this article. In determining the length of such suspension,
  the court may take into consideration the seriousness of the offense and
  may  impose  a  period  of  suspension whereby such suspension may be in
  effect during a portion of the current or subsequent boating season.
    (b) The court shall suspend a person's privilege to  operate  and  may
  suspend a vessel registration:
    (1)  for  a period of at least six but less than twelve months where a
  person is convicted of reckless operation of a vessel  pursuant  to  any
  applicable  provision of this article after having been convicted of any
  such offense within the preceding eighteen months.  In  determining  the
  length  of  such  suspension  or  suspensions,  the  court may take into
  consideration the seriousness of the offense and may impose a period  of
  suspension  whereby such suspension may be in effect during a portion of
  the current or subsequent boating season;
    (2) for a period of at least six but less than twelve  months  upon  a
  third  or  subsequent conviction for any violation of any law, ordinance
  or  regulation  limiting  the  speed  of  a  vessel  or  any   provision
  constituted a misdemeanor by this article except for the commission of a
  third  or  subsequent  misdemeanor as set forth in subparagraph three of
  this  paragraph.  In  determining  the  length  of  such  suspension  or
  suspensions,  the  court  may take into consideration the seriousness of
  the  offense  and  may  impose  a  period  of  suspension  whereby  such
  suspension  may  be  in  effect  during  a  portion  of  the  current or
  subsequent boating season;
    (3)  for  a  period  of  twelve  months where a person is convicted of
  reckless operation of a vessel pursuant to any applicable  provision  of
  this  article  after  having  been  twice  convicted of any such offense
  within the preceding eighteen months.
    (c) When a person is convicted pursuant to this article the court may,
  in any case before the court, and shall when  the  convicted  person  is
  subject to a suspension pursuant to this subdivision, in addition to any
  other  penalties  invoked  under  this  article,  require  the convicted
  person, as a condition of the sentence, to  complete  a  boating  safety
  course of the state, U.S. Power Squadrons, or U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  and  show  proof of successful completion of such course to the court or
  its designee.

  S 45-a. Beaching  a  disabled  water craft. Except in an emergency, it
  shall not be lawful to intentionally beach or abandon any vessel,  ship,
  boat or other water craft on underwater lands of navigable waters of the
  state  surrounding Richmond county, without the permission of the owners
  or lessees of the uplands abutting such underwater lands. Any  violation
  of  this  section  shall  be  a  misdemeanor  punishable as set forth in
  section seventy-three-b of this article.

  S 45-aa. Special  provisions  relating to reckless operation and speed
  on Canandaigua lake; Keuka lake. 1. Notwithstanding any other provisions
  of this chapter or any inconsistent local laws (a) every pleasure vessel
  operated on Canandaigua lake, which is bordered  by  Ontario  and  Yates
  counties,  shall  be operated in a careful and prudent manner, in such a
  way as not to unreasonably interfere with or endanger any  other  vessel
  or  person;  a  violation  of  this  paragraph  shall  be  a misdemeanor
  punishable as set forth in section seventy-three-b of this article;  and
  (b)  no  vessel  shall  be  operated  on  such lake at a speed exceeding
  forty-five miles per hour nor shall any pleasure vessel be operated at a
  speed exceeding twenty-five miles per hour between one-half  hour  after
  sunset  and  one-half hour before sunrise; a violation of this paragraph
  shall be a violation punishable as set forth in section  seventy-three-c
  of this article.
    1-a.  Notwithstanding  any  other  provisions  of  this chapter or any
  inconsistent local laws (a) every vessel operated on Keuka  Lake,  which
  is  bordered  by  Steuben  and  Yates  counties,  shall be operated in a
  careful and prudent manner,  in  such  a  way  as  not  to  unreasonably
  interfere  with  or  endanger any other vessel or person; a violation of
  this paragraph shall be a misdemeanor punishable as set forth in section
  seventy-three-b of this article; and (b) no vessel shall be operated  on
  such  lake  at a speed exceeding forty-five miles per hour nor shall any
  vessel be operated at a  speed  exceeding  twenty-five  miles  per  hour
  between  one-half  hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise; a
  violation of this paragraph shall be a violation punishable as set forth
  in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    2. No vessel shall be operated within two hundred feet of the shore, a
  dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored  vessel  at  a  speed
  exceeding five miles per hour, unless such vessel is being operated near
  such  shore,  dock, float, pier, raft or anchored vessel for the purpose
  of enabling a person engaged in water skiing to  take  off  or  land.  A
  violation  of  this  subdivision  shall be a violation punishable as set
  forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    3. The provisions of this section shall  not  apply  to  any  pleasure
  vessel  competing  in  or  practicing  for a regatta or boat race over a
  specified course held by a bona fide club or racing association  between
  nine o'clock in the morning and sunset, provided that due written notice
  of  the  date  of  the  race  has  been  given  to  the  appropriate law
  enforcement agency at least fifteen days prior to such race, pursuant to
  the  provisions  of  section  thirty-four  of  this  chapter,  and   all
  provisions of this section have been complied with.
    4. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting any city,
  town  or  village  from continuing, adopting or enacting any other local
  laws relating to persons operating a pleasure vessel within its  limits,
  but  no  such municipality shall have the power to make less restrictive
  any of such provisions.

  S 45-aaa. Special  provisions relating to speed on Irondequoit bay. 1.
  No vessel shall be operated on Irondequoit bay, which is located  within
  Monroe  county,  at  a speed exceeding twenty-five miles per hour unless
  such vessel is being operated for  the  purpose  of  enabling  a  person
  engaged  in water skiing or other water sport to be towed, in which case
  no such vessel shall be operated at a speed exceeding thirty-five  miles
  per hour.
    2.  No vessel shall be operated in the channel between Irondequoit Bay
  and Lake Ontario or within three hundred feet of the shore, the channel,
  a dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored vessel in a  manner
  or  at  a  speed that causes a wake that unreasonably interferes with or
  endangers such dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored vessel
  but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour, unless for the
  purpose of enabling a person engaged in water  skiing  to  take  off  or
  land.
    3.  The  provisions  of  this  section  shall  not apply to any vessel
  competing in or practicing for a regatta or boat race over  a  specified
  course held by a bona fide club or racing association, provided that due
  written notice of the date of the race has been given to the appropriate
  law  enforcement  agency  at  least  fifteen  days  prior  to such race,
  pursuant to the provisions of section thirty-four of this  chapter,  and
  all provisions of this section have been complied with.
    4.  Any  person  who  operates  a  vessel  in  violation of any of the
  provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation punishable  as
  set forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    5.  Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting any town
  or county from continuing, adopting or enacting any  other  local  laws,
  resolutions  or  ordinances related to persons operating a vessel within
  its limits, but no such municipality shall have the power to  make  less
  restrictive any of such provisions.

  * S 45-aaaa. Special  provisions  relating  to  reckless operation and
  speed on Greenwood Lake. 1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this
  chapter or  any  inconsistent  local  laws  (a)  every  pleasure  vessel
  operated  on Greenwood Lake within Orange county, shall be operated in a
  careful and prudent manner,  in  such  a  way  as  not  to  unreasonably
  interfere  with  or  endanger any other vessel or person; a violation of
  this paragraph shall be a misdemeanor punishable as set forth in section
  seventy-three-b of this article; and (b) no vessel shall be operated  on
  such  lake  at a speed exceeding forty-five miles per hour nor shall any
  pleasure vessel be operated at a speed exceeding fifteen miles per  hour
  between  one-half  hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise; a
  violation of this paragraph shall be a violation punishable as set forth
  in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    2. No vessel shall be operated within two hundred feet of the shore, a
  dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored  vessel  at  a  speed
  exceeding five miles per hour, unless such vessel is being operated near
  such  shore,  dock, float, pier, raft or anchored vessel for the purpose
  of enabling a person engaged in water skiing to  take  off  or  land.  A
  violation  of  this  subdivision  shall be a violation punishable as set
  forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    3. The provisions of this section shall  not  apply  to  any  pleasure
  vessel  competing  in  or  practicing  for a regatta or boat race over a
  specified course held by a bona fide club or racing association  between
  nine o'clock in the morning and sunset, provided that due written notice
  of  the  date  of  the  race  has  been  given  to  the  appropriate law
  enforcement agency at least fifteen days prior to such race, pursuant to
  the  provisions  of  section  thirty-four  of  this  chapter,  and   all
  provisions of this section have been complied with.
    * NB There are 2 S 45-aaaa's

  * S 45-aaaa. Special  provisions relating to speed on Sodus Bay. 1. No
  vessel shall be operated within that area of the Sodus Bay  Channel  and
  Sodus Bay bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the Sodus outer
  light  at  the  north-westerly  most  point of the west breakwall of the
  Sodus Bay Channel and running thence southerly to the south-west  corner
  of  such breakwall; thence running south-westerly along the shoreline of
  Sodus Point; thence south-easterly along the shoreline of Sand Point  to
  the  easterly  most  point  on  said  Sand  Point, said point being more
  specifically  defined  as  latitude  431558,  longitude  765814;  thence
  northerly  across Sodus Bay to a point on the east breakwall, said point
  more  specifically  being  defined  as  latitude   43 16'4",   longitude
  76 58'3";  thence westerly along said breakwall to the south-west corner
  and then northerly along the east pier to the east  pier  light  on  the
  Sodus  Bay  Channel;  thence  north-westerly  to  the  point in place of
  beginning in a manner or at a speed that causes a wake that unreasonably
  interferes with or endangers a dock,  pier,  raft,  float,  anchored  or
  moored vessel or swimmer but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles
  per hour.
    2.  For  the purpose of complying with the provisions of this section,
  the sheriff of the county of Wayne is directed to place buoy markers  on
  that  portion of Sodus Bay between the easterly most point of Sand Point
  and the point on east breakwall which is the  termination  of  the  zone
  established  above  for  the purpose of advising users of the bay of the
  existence of the limited speed zone established herein.
    3. Any person who operates  a  vessel  in  violation  of  any  of  the
  provisions  of this section shall be guilty of a violation punishable as
  set forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    4. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting any  town
  or  county  from  adopting  or  enacting  any local laws, resolutions or
  ordinances related to persons operating a vessel within its limits,  but
  no  such  municipality shall have the power to make less restrictive any
  of such provisions.
    * NB There are 2 S 45-aaaa's

  S 45-aaaaa. Special  provisions  relating  to  reckless  operation and
  speed on Lake Alice. 1. Notwithstanding any  other  provisions  of  this
  chapter  or  any  inconsistent  local  laws  (a)  every  pleasure vessel
  operated on Lake Alice within Orleans county, shall  be  operated  in  a
  careful  and  prudent  manner,  in  such  a  way  as not to unreasonably
  interfere with or endanger any other vessel or person;  a  violation  of
  this  paragraph  is  a  misdemeanor  punishable  as set forth in section
  seventy-three-b of this article; and (b) no vessel shall be operated  on
  such  lake  at a speed exceeding thirty-five miles per hour; a violation
  of this paragraph shall be  a  violation  punishable  as  set  forth  in
  section seventy-three-c of this article.
    2. No vessel shall be operated within one hundred feet of the shore, a
  dock,  pier,  raft  or  float or an anchored or moored vessel at a speed
  exceeding five miles per hour, unless such vessel is being operated near
  such shore, dock, float, pier, raft or anchored vessel for  the  purpose
  of  enabling  a  person  engaged  in water skiing to take off or land. A
  violation of this subdivision shall be a  violation  punishable  as  set
  forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    3.  The  provisions  of  this  section shall not apply to any pleasure
  vessel competing in or practicing for a regatta  or  boat  race  over  a
  specified  course held by a bona fide club or racing association between
  nine o'clock in the morning and sunset, provided that due written notice
  of the  date  of  the  race  has  been  given  to  the  appropriate  law
  enforcement agency at least fifteen days prior to such race, pursuant to
  the   provisions  of  section  thirty-four  of  this  chapter,  and  all
  provisions of such section thirty-four have been complied with.

  * S 45-aaaaaa. Special  provisions  relating  to  noise  and  speed on
  Lamoka Lake and Waneta Lake. 1. Notwithstanding any other provisions  of
  this  chapter  or  any  inconsistent  local  laws, every pleasure vessel
  operated on Lamoka Lake, located in Schuyler  county,  or  Waneta  Lake,
  located in Schuyler and Steuben counties, shall be operated in a careful
  and  prudent manner, in such a way as not to unreasonably interfere with
  or endanger any vessel or person, and no vessel shall be operated  at  a
  speed  exceeding  forty-five miles per hour. No pleasure vessel operated
  on Lamoka Lake or Waneta Lake shall be operated  at  a  speed  exceeding
  twenty-five  miles  per  hour  between  one-half  hour  after sunset and
  one-half hour before sunrise.
    2. No vessel shall be operated on Lamoka Lake or  Waneta  Lake  within
  two  hundred  feet  of  the  shore,  a  dock,  pier, raft or float or an
  anchored or moored vessel in a manner or at such a speed that  causes  a
  wake  that  unreasonably  interferes  with or endangers such dock, pier,
  raft or float or an anchored or moored vessel but in no event at a speed
  exceeding five miles per hour, unless for  the  purpose  of  enabling  a
  person  engaged  in  water  skiing to take off or land or such vessel is
  required to run at  full  throttle  through  an  established  course  to
  measure  the  vessel's decibel level pursuant to the directions of a law
  enforcement officer.
    3. The provisions of this  section  shall  not  apply  to  any  vessel
  competing  in  or practicing for a regatta or boat race over a specified
  course held by a bona fide club or racing association, provided that due
  written notice of the date of the race has been given to the appropriate
  law enforcement agencies at least  fifteen  days  prior  to  such  race,
  pursuant  to  the provisions of section thirty-four of this chapter, and
  all provisions of this section have been complied with.  The  provisions
  of  this section shall not apply to any Federal Aviation Agency licensed
  aircraft.
    4. Any person who fails to comply with any of the provisions  of  this
  section  shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine of not less
  than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars for the first
  offense; by a fine of not less than fifty  dollars  nor  more  than  two
  hundred  dollars for conviction of the second offense committed within a
  period of twenty-four months; by a fine of not  less  than  one  hundred
  dollars  nor  more  than two hundred dollars for conviction of the third
  offense  or  any  subsequent  offense  committed  within  a  period   of
  twenty-four months.
    * NB There are 2 S 45-aaaaaa's

  * S 45-aaaaaa. Special  provisions  relating  to reckless operation,
  noise and speed on the Fulton Chain of  Lakes.  1.  Notwithstanding  any
  other  provisions  of  this  chapter  or any inconsistent local laws (a)
  every pleasure vessel operated on the Fulton Chain of Lakes,  consisting
  of Old Forge Pond and First through Eighth Lakes, shall be operated in a
  careful  and  prudent  manner,  in  such  a  way  as not to unreasonably
  interfere with or endanger any vessel or person;  a  violation  of  this
  paragraph  shall  be  a  misdemeanor  punishable as set forth in section
  seventy-three-b of this article; and (b) no vessel shall be operated  on
  such  lake  at a speed exceeding forty-five miles per hour nor shall any
  pleasure vessel be operated at a speed exceeding twenty-five  miles  per
  hour  between  one-half  hour  after  sunset  and  one-half  hour before
  sunrise; a violation of this paragraph shall be a  violation  punishable
  as set forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    2.  Except for Sixth and Seventh Lakes, no vessel shall be operated on
  the Fulton Chain of Lakes within two hundred feet of the shore, a  dock,
  pier,  raft  or  float or an anchored or moored vessel in a manner or at
  such a speed that causes a wake that  unreasonably  interferes  with  or
  endangers such dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored vessel
  but in no event at a speed exceeding five miles per hour, unless for the
  purpose of enabling a person engaged in water skiing to take off or land
  or  such  vessel  is  required  to  run  at  full  throttle  through  an
  established course to measure the vessel's decibel level pursuant to the
  directions of a law enforcement officer. A violation of this subdivision
  shall be a violation punishable as set forth in section  seventy-three-c
  of this article.
    3.  Notwithstanding  any  other  provision  of  this  chapter  or  any
  inconsistent local laws, no person shall operate  any  pleasure  vessel,
  upon  the waters of the Fulton Chain of Lakes that exceeds the following
  noise levels: (a)  for  engines  manufactured  before  September  first,
  nineteen  hundred eighty-nine, a noise level of eighty-six dbl.; (b) for
  engines manufactured on  or  after  September  first,  nineteen  hundred
  eighty-nine  and  before September first, nineteen hundred ninety-one, a
  noise level of eighty-four dbl.; (c) and for engines manufactured  after
  September   first,   nineteen  hundred  ninety-one,  a  noise  level  of
  eighty-two dbl. All decibel levels are to be measured on a decibel meter
  gauged to an A-weighted scale. A violation of this subdivision shall  be
  a  violation  punishable as set forth in section seventy-three-c of this
  article.
    4. Any law enforcement officer from the state of New York, Herkimer or
  Hamilton county, or any political subdivision  of  those  counties,  may
  direct  the  operator  of  any pleasure vessel reasonably believed to be
  exceeding the allowable noise levels on the Fulton Chain of Lakes to  an
  area  established  by  the officer for measuring vessel noise levels. At
  that area the vessel shall  be  operated  at  full  throttle  through  a
  straight  course  not  to exceed one hundred yards. Decibel measurements
  shall be measured at a distance of at least fifty feet from the pleasure
  vessel being tested while such vessel is at full throttle.
    5. The provisions of this  section  shall  not  apply  to  any  vessel
  competing  in  or practicing for a regatta or boat race over a specified
  course held by a bona fide club or racing association, provided that due
  written notice of the date of the race has been given to the appropriate
  law enforcement agencies at least  fifteen  days  prior  to  such  race,
  pursuant  to  the provisions of section thirty-four of this chapter, and
  all provisions of such section have been complied with.  The  provisions
  of  this section shall not apply to any Federal Aviation Agency licensed
  aircraft.
    * NB There are 2 S 45-aaaaaa's

  S 45-b. Regulation of beaches. Except when prohibited by reason of the
  laws of the United States, the board of trustees of a village may adopt,
  amend  and enforce rules and regulations not inconsistent with law, with
  respect to regulating the use of beaches in or adjacent to  the  village
  and  regulating  swimming  and  bathing  in  open  waters exposed to the
  public, including the use of underwater diving devices for swimming  and
  fishing, within or bounding the village or such beaches to a distance of
  fifteen  hundred  feet  from  the  shore, including any waters within or
  bordering a village in the county of Nassau or  Suffolk,  and  requiring
  the  owners  or  operators  of any bathing beaches, bath houses or other
  places charging a fee to the public for the use of  such  facilities  to
  provide  adequate  safeguards for the protection of the public in waters
  adjacent to such premises.
    The provisions of this section shall  be  controlling  notwithstanding
  any contrary provisions of law.

   S 45-c. Special provisions relating to reckless operation and speed on
  Conesus lake. 1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter or
  any  inconsistent  local  laws  (a)  every  pleasure  vessel operated on
  Conesus lake within the county of Livingston, shall  be  operated  in  a
  careful  and  prudent  manner,  in  such  a  way  as not to unreasonably
  interfere with or endanger any other vessel or person;  a  violation  of
  this paragraph shall be a misdemeanor punishable as set forth in section
  seventy-three-b  of this article; and (b) no vessel shall be operated on
  such lake at a speed exceeding forty-five miles per hour nor  shall  any
  pleasure  vessel  be operated at a speed exceeding twenty-five miles per
  hour between  one-half  hour  after  sunset  and  one-half  hour  before
  sunrise;  a  violation of this paragraph shall be a violation punishable
  as set forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    2. No vessel shall be operated within two hundred feet of the shore, a
  dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or moored  vessel  at  a  speed
  exceeding five miles per hour, unless such vessel is being operated near
  such  shore,  dock, float, pier, raft or anchored vessel for the purpose
  of enabling a person engaged in water skiing to  take  off  or  land.  A
  violation  of  this  subdivision  shall be a violation punishable as set
  forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    3. The provisions of this section shall  not  apply  to  any  pleasure
  vessel  competing  in  or  practicing  for a regatta or boat race over a
  specified course held by a bona fide club or racing association  between
  nine o'clock in the morning and sunset, provided that due written notice
  of  the  date  of  the  race  has  been  given  to  the  appropriate law
  enforcement agency at least fifteen days prior to such race, pursuant to
  the  provisions  of  section  thirty-four  of  this  chapter,  and   all
  provisions of such section have been complied with.

  S 45-cc. Reckless  operation  and  speed  on  the  canal  system. 1.
  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter or any inconsistent
  local laws, every vessel operated on the canal  system,  as  defined  in
  subdivision  one of section two of the canal law, shall be operated in a
  careful and prudent  manner  in  such  a  way  as  not  to  unreasonably
  interfere  with  or  endanger any other vessel or person. A violation of
  this subdivision or any applicable rules  and  regulations  shall  be  a
  misdemeanor  punishable  as set forth in section seventy-three-b of this
  article.
    2. Notwithstanding  any  other  provisions  of  this  chapter  or  any
  inconsistent  local  laws,  no  vessel  shall  be operated on such canal
  system within one hundred feet of the shore, a dock, pier,  raft,  float
  or  an  anchored  or  moored  vessel at a speed exceeding five miles per
  hour, unless such vessel is being operated near such shore, dock, float,
  pier, raft, or anchored vessel for the  purpose  of  enabling  a  person
  engaged  in  water skiing to take off or land, and except in those areas
  where the canal corporation has established a different  speed  by  rule
  and   regulation  pursuant  to  the  canal  law.  A  violation  of  this
  subdivision or any applicable rules and regulations shall be a violation
  punishable as set forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.

    S 45-d. Special  provisions  relating  to speed at Crooke's Point in
  Great Kills Harbor. 1. No vessel shall be operated in Great Kills Harbor
  extending beyond the Crooke's Point Jetty to the  lighted  buoy  at  the
  Harbor's  entrance,  within one hundred feet of the shore, a dock, pier,
  raft or float or an anchored or moored vessel in a manner or at a  speed
  that  causes  a wake that unreasonably interferes with or endangers such
  dock, pier, raft or float or an anchored or  moored  vessel  but  in  no
  event  at  a speed exceeding five miles per hour, unless for the purpose
  of enabling a person engaged in water skiing to take off or land.
    2. The provisions of this  section  shall  not  apply  to  any  vessel
  competing  in  or practicing for a regatta or boat race over a specified
  course held by a bona fide club or racing association, provided that due
  written notice of the date of the race has been given to the appropriate
  law enforcement agency  at  least  fifteen  days  prior  to  such  race,
  pursuant  to  the provisions of section thirty-four of this chapter, and
  all provisions of this section have been complied with.
    3. Any person who operates  a  vessel  in  violation  of  any  of  the
  provisions  of this section shall be guilty of a violation punishable as
  set forth in section seventy-three-c of this article.
    4. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting any  town
  or  county  from  continuing, adopting or enacting any other local laws,
  resolutions or ordinances related to persons operating a  vessel  within
  its  limits,  but no such municipality shall have the power to make less
  restrictive any of such provisions.

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