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I have seen that "bow riding" is considered to be negligent operation. I've also seen pictures on this site of people doing just that. My wife has been caught on film laying out on the foredeck of a sailboat underway, and I suspect that some of our friends would enjoy it too. I confess, I find myself sitting on the back of the seat of the cockpit sometimes.
My question is, what do they mean when they are talking about Bow Riding as it pertains to sailboats? Under what circumstances would you allow someone to go forward just to hang out? I want to make sure that if I allow it as a skipper that it is legal, or at least it is safe.
I live in Illinois and sail on Lake Michigan, if that makes a difference.