I'm not sure what the intent is but any vessel propelled by some mechanical means becomes a motor boat. I suppose that would include body boards if you used fins.Da Yoda wrote: ↑Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:58 pmFor the record. As of today, under CA law a kiteboard is defined as a "Recreational Vessel". It is NOT defined as a "Personal Watercraft". This proposed amendment would effectively change the definitions to include recreational vessels, motorboats, and personal watercraft to be further defined as a "mechanical" vessel. I'm confident that this proposed amendment is only in place to further define what the "mechanics" of a vessel technically are. By further defining the "machinery" of a vessel it better supports the existing law under CA HNC Section 655(a) and 655.2(a). It also supports CCR 6697(a) under Title 14. However is does disrupt some of the language within other existing laws. These will have to be modified in order to support the new "machinery" definition. At this point in time I don't see this amendment negatively impacting kiteboarding nor any other watersport activity. I'm also confident that this is NOT an attempt to reclassify non-motorized vessels (kiteboarding) as watercraft that would require to be licensed by the State.
Under the CA Code of Regulations 6552(h), “machinery” is currently defined as such:purdyd wrote: ↑Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:58 amI'm not sure what the intent is but any vessel propelled by some mechanical means becomes a motor boat. I suppose that would include body boards if you used fins.
(l) (1) “Machinery” means any sail, rigging, rudder, oar, paddle, or similar device.
(o) “Motorboat” means any vessel propelled by machinery, whether or not the machinery is the principal source of propulsion, but shall not include a vessel that has a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard or any federal agency successor thereto.
under HNC 658.3 you would be required to wear a life guard approved PFD
It is not clear if that also means that "motorized recreational vessel that is numbered pursuant to Section 9850 of the Vehicle Code" would apply since everything is a motor boat
intent or not, putting these things into the motorboat category is at the least concerning
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