NASBLA Roundtable

Motorized/non-motorized vessel

  • 1.  Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-20-2020 08:07 AM
    Would this electric prop, which takes the place of the removable fin on a paddle board, make the board a motorized vessel in your state?

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    Chris Edmonston
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    BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water
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  • 2.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 07:38 AM
    Yes, in MD any means of mechanical propulsion. 

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  • 3.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-22-2020 09:20 AM
    ​This would require registration in NH.

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    Tim Dunleavy
    Captain
    NH State Police
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  • 4.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-22-2020 11:32 AM
    In the state of Washington it would be considered motorized

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    USCG Master 100 ton
    WA State Parks/NASBLA Boating Safety Instructor 
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  • 5.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 08:27 AM

    In Illinois, the addition of the electric prop would make it a powered vessel under our definition in the law.

     

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    Illinois Conservation Police

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  • 6.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 09:49 AM
    Same for Florida:  "Motorboat" means a vessel equipped with machinery for propulsion, irrespective of whether the propulsion machinery is in actual operation.

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    Gary Klein
    Captain
    FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Comm
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  • 7.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 09:56 AM
    Yes. Anything powered by machinery or sail is considered a motorboat for registration purposes.

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    StephanieWeatherington
    BLA
    AR Game & Fish Commission(501) 223-6379
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  • 8.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 04:39 PM
    Thanks for the comments--please keep them coming!

    This thread started because the company has been stating that registration isn't necessary. How do they know? They asked the California DMV!

     

    If memory serves me correctly I think there are/were a few states that don't require registration for boats with trolling motors under a certain size. But virtually every state would consider this to be motorized.

     

    I think it's a liability for the company to sell these without informing their customers of the legal requirements. I'm just trying to help them…But they are clearly more knowledgeable than I am.



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    Chris Edmonston
    President
    BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water
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  • 9.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Reporting Project
    Workgroup
    Posted 07-22-2020 08:32 AM
    Well...just a question - is that a vessel?  It looks like a surf board and maybe even a paddleboard, but the USCG says a SUP is a vessel when operated outside the surf zone.

    No question that it has mechanical propulsion, but the question is would it be considered a vessel...then it also needs to meet carriage requirements.

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    Stacey Brown | Boating Safety Program Manager | Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries | 804-308-6114 | stacey.brown@dgif.virginia.gov
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  • 10.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 08-26-2020 02:39 PM
    https://www.uscgboating.org/regulations/vessel-determinations.php

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    mike merriman
    Merriman Charters
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  • 11.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-22-2020 09:09 AM
    Add Nebraska to the list where it would have to be registered as a motorboat...

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    Conservation Officer, NGPC Law Enforcement

    Lancaster County

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  • 12.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 10:16 AM
    Pennsylvania - any mechanical propulsion (including electric) makes the boat a motor boat requiring registration and numbering.

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    COL Corey L. Britcher
    PA Fish and Boat Commission
    Bureau of Law Enforcement
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  • 13.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 01:18 PM
    In Arizona, yes, it would be considered motorized and therefore require numbering and registration.

    ARS 5-301.7 "Motorized watercraft" means any watercraft that is propelled by machinery whether or not the machinery is the principal source of propulsion.

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    Deanna Pfleger
    Az Game and Fish Dept
    Wildlife Manager Supervisor
    Region 4 (Yuma), North Sector
    928-916-2004
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  • 14.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-21-2020 06:51 PM

    That would definitely have to be registered in the State of Delaware.  We register all mechanically powered vessels. 






  • 15.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Reporting Project
    Workgroup
    Posted 07-22-2020 08:13 AM
    Yes for Wisconsin.   "Motorboat" means any boat equipped with propulsion machinery, whether or not the machinery is the principal source of propulsion.

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    Penny Kanable, Boating Law Administrator
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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  • 16.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Reporting Project
    Workgroup
    Posted 07-22-2020 08:30 AM
    Texas law says this is a motorboat and therefore requires registration and all such applicable safety equipment.

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    Boating Law Administrator
    Asst. Commander Game Warden
    Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
    512-389-4624 Office
    512-431-1326 cell
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  • 17.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-22-2020 08:51 AM
    Yes, in Nebraska that would need to be registered.  Mechanical propulsion is the key.

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    Jeff Clauson
    Assistant Administrator
    Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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  • 18.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-22-2020 09:20 AM
    Yes, in Idaho.  As a motorized vessel it would need to be registered and have safety equipment.

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    Dave Dahms
    BLA
    ID Dept of Parks & Recreation
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  • 19.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-22-2020 01:33 PM
    Registration would be required in Georgia.

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    Wanda Roberts
    Lieutenant
    GA Dept of Natural Resources
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  • 20.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    CRBP Commissioner
    Posted 07-22-2020 03:20 PM
    In Oklahoma this would be considered a motorized vessel and would require registration and proper equipment to be carried aboard.

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    Lt. Mark Brown
    Boating Law Administrator
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Section
    Oklahoma City, OK USA
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  • 21.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-27-2020 11:12 AM
    In Florida as soon as you put a motor on it i needs to be registered same with a kayak or canoe that you put a trolling motor on.

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    Jeffrey Rincon
    Police Officer
    Eglin AFB Range patrol/Maritime Police
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  • 22.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 07-27-2020 02:41 PM
    Wyoming would consider this a motorized watercraft and require registration.

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    Aaron Kerr
    Law Enforcement Coordinator
    Wyoming Game and Fish Department
    307-233-6413
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  • 23.  RE: Motorized/non-motorized vessel

    Posted 08-06-2020 02:08 PM
    Looks like these type devices (vessels) are gaining popularity and dropping in price.  My crew just found one for $90.

    https://www.buachee.com/products/body-board?variant=35485347283104

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    Keith Matthews
    Sergeant
    San Francisco Police Dept Marine Unit
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