Nevada Boat Act

(revised February 1999)


NRS 488.580 Operation of personal watercraft.

1. A person shall not operate or authorize another person to operate a personal watercraft under his ownership or control:

(a) In a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life or property of another person.
(b) Unless the operator is wearing a personal flotation device of a type approved by the United States Coast Guard and prescribed by the regulations of the commission.
(c) Unless the operator is at least 12 years of age.

2. There is prima facie evidence that a person is operating a personal watercraft in a reckless or negligent manner if that person commits two or more of the following acts simultaneously:

(a) Operates the personal watercraft within a zone closer than 5 lengths of the longest vessel, unless both are leaving a flat wake or traveling at a speed of not more than 5 nautical miles per hour.
(b) Operates the personal watercraft in the vicinity of a motorboat in a manner that obstructs the visibility of either operator.
(c) Heads into the wake of a motorboat which is within a zone closer than 5 lengths of the longest vessel and causes one-half or more of the length of the personal watercraft to leave the water.
(d) Within a zone closer than 5 lengths of the longest vessel, maneuvers quickly, turns sharply or swerves, unless the maneuver is necessary to avoid collision.

3. As used in this section, "personal watercraft" means a class A motorboat which:

(a) Is less than 13 feet in length;
(b) Is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on, rather than in, the motorboat;
(c) Is capable of performing sharp turns or quick maneuvers; and
(d) Has a motor that exceeds 10 horsepower.




NRS 202.450 Definition.

1. A public nuisance is a crime against the order and economy ofthe state.

2. Every place:

(a) Wherein any gambling, bookmaking or pool selling is conducted without a license as provided by law, or wherein any swindling game or device, or bucket shop, or any agency therefor is conducted, or any article, apparatus or device useful therefor is kept;
(b) Wherein any fighting between animals or birds is conducted;
(c) Wherein any dog races are conducted as a gaming activity;
(d) Wherein any intoxicating liquors are kept for unlawful use, sale or distribution;
(e) Wherein a controlled substance, immediate precursor as defined in NRS 453.086 or controlled substance analog as defined in NRS 453.043 is unlawfully sold, served, stored, kept, manufactured, used or given away; or
(f) Where vagrants resort, is a public nuisance.

3. Every act unlawfully done and every omission to perform a duty, which act or omission:

(a) Annoys, injures or endangers the safety, health, comfort or repose of any considerable number of persons;
(b) Offends public decency;
(c) Unlawfully interferes with, befouls, obstructs or tends to obstruct, or renders dangerous for passage, a lake, navigable river, bay, stream, canal, ditch, millrace or basin, or a public park, square, street, alley, bridge, causeway or highway; or
(d) In any way renders a considerable number of persons insecure in life or the use of property, is a public nuisance.

4. Agricultural activity conducted on farmland consistent with good agricultural practice and established before surrounding nonagricultural activities is not a public nuisance unless it has a substantial adverse effect on the public health or safety. It is presumed that an agricultural activity which does not violate federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation constitutes good agricultural practice.

5. A shooting range is not a public nuisance with respect to any noise attributable to the shooting range if the shooting range is in compliance with the provisions of all applicable statutes, ordinances and regulations concerning noise:

(a) As those provisions existed on October 1, 1997, for a shooting range that begins operation on or before October 1, 1997; or
(b) As those provisions exist on the date that the shooting range begins operation, for a shooting range in operation after October 1, 1997. A shooting range is not subject to any state or local law related to the control of noise that is adopted or amended after the date set forth in paragraph (a) or (b), as applicable, and does not constitute a nuisance for failure to comply with any such law.

6. As used in this section, "shooting range" has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 40,140.


NRS 202.470 Maintaining or permitting nuisance: Penalty.

Every person who:

1. Shall commit or maintain a public nuisance, for which no special punishment is prescribed; or

2. Shall willfully omit or refuse to perform any legal duty relating to the removal of such nuisance; or

3. Shall let, or permit to be used, any building or boat, or portion thereof, knowing that it is intended to be, or is being used, for committing or maintaining any such nuisance, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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