Chapter 12.20


12.20.010    Vessel operators--Age restrictions.

12.20.020    Vessel operators--Capability restrictions.

12.20.030    Vessel operators--Minimum crew--Water-skiing.

12.20.010 Vessel operators--Age restrictions.

It shall be unlawful for any motorboat to be operated by, or for any person owning or in charge of any motorboat to authorize any motorboat to be operated by, any person under the age of 14 years when such motorboat is powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more unless such person is accompanied by a person who is over the age of 14 years.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.20.020 Vessel operators--Capability restrictions.

It shall be unlawful for any person owning or in charge of any vessel to operate such vessel or to knowingly authorize any person to operate any vessel when such person is:

(1) Under the influence of intoxicating liquor, or controlled substance; or

(2) By reason of a physical or mental disability incapable of safely operating such vessel under the prevailing circumstances.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.20.030 Vessel operators--Minimum crew--Water-skiing.

Every vessel towing water skiers or other floating objects shall carry an observer in addition to the operator. Such observer shall be a minimum of 10 years of age and shall have the duty of keeping a lookout for hazards to, or created by, the tow and of reporting same to the operator. All persons in motorboats traveling in excess of eight miles per hour shall remain seated, unless such vessel is specifically designed for persons to not be seated while underway.

(Res. Adopted June 30, 1975; Amended Ord. 86-023, § 2, March 19, 1986; Amended Ord. 88-015, § 2, April 13, 1988).