Chapter 12.04


12.04.010    Title supplements--General law.

12.04.011    Applicable waterways.

12.04.020    Construction of words.

12.04.030    Definitions.

12.04.010 Title supplements--General law.

This title is intended to supplement but not infringe upon the boating safety laws and regulations of the state and of the United States. Nothing contained in this title shall be construed to conflict with any valid applicable state or federal law or regulation.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.04.011 Applicable waterways.

This title is intended to regulate conduct and use of vessels in and on fresh water lakes located in Snohomish county and not located entirely within the jurisdiction of an incorporated city or town.

(Added Ord. 86-023, § 1, March 19, 1986).

12.04.020 Construction of words.

Construction of certain words for the purpose of this title, unless the context clearly otherwise requires:

(1) Words that impart the singular number only may also be applied to the plural of persons and things and the plural may also be applied to the singular; and

(2) The word "shall" is mandatory; and

(3) The word "may" is permissive.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.04.030 Definitions.

Unless otherwise provided in this title, the following terms used in this title are defined as follows:

(1) "County" means the county council.

(2) "Darkness" means that period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

(3) "Float" means any anchored man-made structure unattached to the shore where any vessel may dock.

(4) "Idling speed" means that speed of any motorboat while underway resulting while its propulsion machinery is set at the machine’s slowest possible speed.

(5) "Length" as it refers to vessels means the overall distance measured in a straight line parallel to the centerline from the foremost part of the vessel to the aftermost part of the vessel, excluding bowsprits, bumpkins, rudders, outboard motors and brackets, and similar fittings and attachments.

(6) "Motorboat" means any vessel underway under propulsion in whole or in part by machinery. The term shall include seaplanes while taxiing and/or while otherwise not subject to any valid state or federal law or regulation governing the operation of seaplanes.

(7) "Operator" means any natural person in actual physical control of any vessel.

(8) "Person" means any natural person, partnership, association, corporation, or organization.

(9) "Personal watercraft" means a vessel that is less than sixteen feet in length, that uses a motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power, and that is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, or being towed behind, the vessel, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.

(10) "Race-type boat" means any motorboat operated at a speed in excess of 35 miles per hour.

(11) "Rowboat" means any vessel underway under propulsion in whole manually.

(12) "Sailboat." Any vessel underway under propulsion in whole by sail, or in part by sail and in part manually, shall be considered a sailboat.

(13) "Safety buoy" means any buoy established as herein provided and constructed to conform to the state uniform waterway marking system.

(14) "Safety buoy line" means the straight line between any two safety buoys or the straight line between any safety buoy and the point on the shoreline closest to such safety buoys.

(15) "Sheriff" means the sheriff of Snohomish county or any duly appointed deputy sheriff of Snohomish county.

(16) "Shoreline" means the land bordering any existing body of water.

(17) "Vessel" means every description of watercraft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation.

(18) "Visible," as it refers to the hours of darkness, means capable of being seen on a dark night with a clear atmosphere; as it refers to the daytime hours, means capable of being seen on a dull day with the atmosphere clear of fog, haze, or rain.

(19) "Water-ski" means to plane over the water with or without any floating device while being towed by any vessel. The term shall include water-skiing, freeboarding, aquaplaning and similar devices and/or activities.

(20) "Wharf" means any manmade structure attached to the shore where any vessel may dock.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Amended Ord. 99-098, § 1, Dec. 8, 1999, Eff date Dec. 20, 1999).