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Old    Jack Kloepfer (naptownwake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-21-2014, 10:11 AM Reply   
I live in an idle zone of a lake. during the weekends, the lake is basically un-ridable due to heavy traffic.

does anyone know if it is against the law to winch an idle zone as long as the winch is on my property? Specifically in the state of Indiana?

I woudl be really bummed to purchase a winch only to get busted for using it in my back yard!!!
Old    Boat Driver (LYNRDSKYNRD)      Join Date: Sep 2012       03-21-2014, 11:19 AM Reply   
Ask the local authorities.
Old    Mike Vincz (michaelvincz)      Join Date: Jun 2003       03-21-2014, 12:46 PM Reply   
I dont see how they can ticket you if there is no watercraft towing you.... Id say give it a shot!!! A buddy of mine and I have a winch we bought last fall and are anxiously waiting to use it this spring!!!
Old    Surf Addict (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       03-25-2014, 9:29 AM Reply   
There's no wake, so I don't see why not, but definitely look into it.
I wouldn't ask the local authorities. They are paid to enforce the law, not know the law. A lot of the times they will use their interpretation of it, which may or may not be correct. Look up the actual laws for your area and what they say. If it says your legal and a LEO says otherwise, you laugh them out of court if they site you.
On the flip side, if they say it's ok and are wrong and a LEO says you are wrong, you get stuck with the fine with the only argument "He told me so!"
Look up the actual laws as they sit on the books, not word of mouth from what a patrol officer says. Make sure you not only look up state, but local, and for that body of water.
For instance, there are some public waterways here that you cannot weight your boat, but only in certain sections or sections that lie within certain municipalities. Learn everything about state, city, county, and your lake specifically.


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