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MasterCrafting
05-29-2006, 08:22 PM
Well, all was going well on the lake saturday...I got the boat to the lake, got it in and was having a great time with my friends (first time trailering the boat alone). Water started out alright, but because it was memorial day weekend it started to get really busy. So what do you do when the water is terrible? Go to the middle of the lake and do some surfing! I loaded up the boat with all of my friends and we headed out. After about 2 mins of surfing Robo-Cop comes flying over at mach 10 in his fishing boat with blue lights flashing. Apparently there is a 75 foot minimum line lenght in wisconsin. Can anyone confim this? When i questioned him on the law he called me a smart *** and said if i kept talking he'd write me a citation. Then threatened to search my boat for PFDs and check my fire extinguisher. (I had them all so it would have been a wate of his time) The rest of the day he fallowed me and my friends around the lake waiting for us to slip on on driving. This new Kenosha coutny cop has been harassing everyone on the lake...long story short...some people just suck. The old guy was great and when we asked him about surfing last year he said it was fine.


So are there really any rules on line length in Wisconsin? If there are how do you get a sweet show ski permit to get around them?

peason
05-29-2006, 08:29 PM
Here is a link to Wisconsin DNR - boating rules. Take a copy with you next time and look it up in front of him.

http://dnr.wi.gov/org/es/enforcement/docs/BoatingRegs.pdf

See page 22. Keep in mind some local rules are different.

peason
05-29-2006, 08:30 PM
Another tip - get your boat registered in WI not IL. I know that the local boys don't really like all of the flatlanders comin north!

Mag_Red
05-29-2006, 08:33 PM
Well if you aren't using a line, what's the issue??? :confused:

MasterCrafting
05-29-2006, 08:37 PM
I'm going to contact the Kenosha County Sherffi's office and wee what they have to say. If you look at page 22 it says something about operatation "a safe distance away...blah blah blah" Maybe this is what he was getting at. I tried to explain that it was an inboard but he wouldnt listen...

SKI*MC
05-29-2006, 11:17 PM
thats sucks to here man. Some "officers" are just jerks. NEOSHO FOREVER! :)

erkoehler
05-30-2006, 12:38 AM
I've never heard of a minimum line length law, but aren't the majority of trick, slalom, and wakeboard runs at under 75 feet? Sounds like they were just bustin ya because your young.

6ballsisall
05-30-2006, 12:40 AM
I've never heard of a minimum line length law, but aren't the majority of trick, slalom, and wakeboard runs at under 75 feet? Sounds like they were just bustin ya because your young.


Tru Dat. You found yerself a Barney Fife! Seems like some others found a Fife too this weekend eh Mag?

MasterCrafting
05-30-2006, 06:58 PM
Well, here is how it turned out. After contacting the wisconsin department of natural recources, the kenosha county sheriffs office, and the village of paddock lake; there is no law pertaining to the length of a waterski rope.

So...Mr.Robo Cop Piss off! Next time i'll take the ticket to court ;)

jimmer2880
05-31-2006, 08:04 PM
A few years back, I was confronted about my slalom course being too close to shore. I very politely said "i'm not trying to be a smart a$$ here, but I know the rules pretty well. Would you mind showing me that rule in the book". 2 of them went cover to cover, and back again before opologizing to me. I also asked if I could keep a copy of the rule book they had. I haven't been puled over since.

Good luck. Whatever you do, don't be an a$$, as they can always do a "random" safety check every time they see you.