Chapter 12.24
VESSEL OPERATION

Sections:

12.24.010    Repealed.

12.24.020    Speed--Hours of darkness.

12.24.030    Speed--Daylight hours--Restricted-use waters.

12.24.040    Speed--Skiing-use waters.

12.24.050    Speed regulations--Special circumstances.

12.24.060    Motorboats--Right-of-way.

12.24.070    Vessel operation--Overloading.

12.24.010 Speed--General regulations.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Repealed by Amended Ord. 12-111, Jan. 9, 2013, Eff date March 1, 2013).

12.24.020 Speed--Hours of darkness.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vessel at a speed greater than eight miles per hour during hours of darkness.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.24.030 Speed--Daylight hours--Restricted-use waters.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motorboat in a lake during daylight hours at a speed greater than eight miles per hour except in such lakes where water-skiing, race-type boat operation or racing is permitted, and when such operation is in the manner permitted by the rules applicable to such lakes.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.24.040 Speed--Skiing-use waters.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motorboat in a lake where water-skiing is permitted at a speed greater than 35 miles per hour except in waters where race-type boat operation or racing is permitted, when such operation is at the time and in the manner permitted by the regulations applicable to such lakes.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.24.050 Speed regulations--Special circumstances.

(1) Unless conditions of the water, traffic and congestion, weather, size and configuration of the lake, freedom from obstruction to view, or other circumstances demand greater distance and/or slower speed, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vessel:

(a) At a speed greater than idling speed or eight miles per hour, whichever is the lesser, within 100 feet of any swimmer, skin and/or scuba diver’s flag or artificially illuminated marker buoy, other vessel, floating objects, except water-ski jumps and water-ski slalom marker buoys or water skier, except any water skier being towed by said vessel;

(b) In the water area of any lake designated as a "swimming only" area, or as a "vessel prohibited" area, except this provision does not apply to vessels actually used in the rescue of persons in distress;

(c) At a speed greater than idling speed or eight miles per hour, whichever is the lesser, within 100 feet of any shoreline, safety buoy, safety buoy line, float, or wharf, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section;

(2) For the purpose of launching and returning any water skier and only for such purpose, any vessel towing said water skier may be operated within 100 feet of any shoreline, safety buoy, safety buoy line, float, or wharf, or in the water area of the lake between the shoreline and a safety buoy and/or safety buoy line; PROVIDED, That:

(a) While launching or returning any water skier said vessel moves at a speed not greater than 35 miles per hour,

(b) While moving outward away from the shoreline, float or wharf, said vessel shall leave the shoreline at an angle of not less than 45 degrees nor more than 60 degrees with the shoreline on the starboard side of said vessel,

(c) While moving inward toward the shoreline, float or wharf, said vessel shall approach the shoreline at an angle of not less than 45 degrees nor more than 60 degrees with the shoreline on the starboard side of said vessel,

(d) That after any returning water skier releases the tow rope of said vessel, said vessel shall move at a speed not greater than idling speed or eight miles per hour, whichever is the lesser,

(e) That no launching skiers or returning skiers shall be allowed from a dock or shoreline without the owner’s prior permission,

(f) That no launching skiers or returning skiers shall be allowed within 100 feet of a designated swimming area or swimmer, wader or scuba diver; and PROVIDED, FURTHER, That if water-ski launch floats or jumps be provided for the launching or use of water skiers, the park division may regulate use operations to and from such floats; PROVIDED, FURTHER, That nothing herein shall require the park division to install, mark or maintain such floats or jumps.

((Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Amended Ord. 86-023, § 3, March 19, 1986).

12.24.060 Motorboats--Right-of-way.

Every motorboat shall at all times yield right-of-way to sailboats, rowboats, water skiers, swimmers and divers. Every motorboat shall yield to other motorboats in accordance with the "inland steering and sailing rules" promulgated by the United States coast guard. Violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor and punishable as such.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Amended Ord. 86-023, § 4, March 19, 1986).

12.24.070 Vessel operation--Overloading.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, or being owner or in charge to authorize any person to operate, any vessel loaded with passengers or cargo which exceeds the particular vessel’s maximum safe loading capacity. In addition to penalties which are provided for the unlawful operation of such vessels, the sheriff may require that any such overloaded vessel immediately put to shore to lighten its load.

The maximum safe loading capacity of any vessel shall be determined by the sheriff, taking into consideration the size, configuration, construction, type and condition of the particular vessel; PROVIDED, That where the manufacturer of any vessel has specified the maximum safe loading capacity for the particular vessel, such specified maximum shall be considered the maximum safe loading capacity of the particular vessel for the purposes of this title. PROVIDED, FURTHER, That in the absence of capacity plates, the following formula may be considered:

First, a check of the number of persons.

LxB

15 = _____________ number of persons

L = Overall length

B = Maximum width (both dimensions in feet and tenths of a foot)

The result taken to the nearest whole number gives the number of persons that can be put aboard without crowding in good weather conditions.

Second, the weight-carrying capacity shall be ascertained by determining the allowable weight in pounds from the expression:

7.5 x L x B x De = ________ pounds for persons, engine, fuel and equipment

L = Overall length

B = Maximum width

De = Minimum effective depth of the boat

Measure "De" at the lowest point that water can enter. This takes account of low transom cut-out or credits an acceptable engine well. All dimensions are in feet and tenths of a foot.

The weather and water conditions shall also be taken into account. If the water is rough, the number of persons carried shall be reduced.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).