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Laws of Minnesota 1991 CHAPTER 225-H.F.No. 633 An act relating to watercraft; regulating the use and operation of personal watercraft; amending Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 86B.005, by adding subdivisions; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 86B. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 86B.005, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 14a. [PERSONAL WATERCRAFT.] "Personal watercraft" means a motorboat that: (1) is powered by an inboard motor powering a water jet pump or by an outboard or propeller-driven motor; and (2) is designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing, or kneeling on the craft, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside a motorboat. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 86B.005, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 16a. [SLOW-NO WAKE.] "Slow-no wake" means operation of a watercraft at the slowest possible speed necessary to maintain steerage, but in no case greater than five miles per hour. Sec. 3. [86B.313] [PERSONAL WATERCRAFT REGULATIONS.] Subdivision 1. [GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.] In addition to requirements of other laws relating to watercraft, it is unlawful to operate or to permit the operation of a personal watercraft: (1) without each person on board the personal watercraft wearing a United States Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device; (2) between sunset and 8:00 a.m.; (3) within 100 feet of a shoreline, dock, swimmer, or swimming diving raft or a moored, anchored, or nonmotorized watercraft at greater than slow-no wake speed; (4) while towing a person on water skis, a kneeboard, an inflatable craft, or any other device unless an observer is on board; (5) without the lanyard-type engine cutoff switch being attached to the person, clothing, or personal flotation device of the operator, if the personal watercraft is equipped by the manufacturer with such a device; (6) if any part of the spring-loaded throttle mechanism has been removed, altered, or tampered with so as to interfere with the return-to-idle system; (7) to chase or harass wildlife; (8) through emergent or floating vegetation at other than a slow-no wake speed; (9) in a manner that unreasonably or unnecessarily endangers life, limb, or property, including weaving through congested watercraft traffic, jumping the wake of another watercraft within 100 feet of the other watercraft; or (10) in any other manner that is not reasonable and prudent. Subd. 2. [AGE OF OPERATOR.] Except in the case of an emergency, a person under the age of 13 years may not operate or be permitted to operate a personal watercraft, regardless of horsepower, unless there is a person 18 years of age or older on board the craft. It is unlawful for the owner of a personal watercraft to permit the personal watercraft to be operated contrary to this subdivision. Subd. 3. [OPERATOR'S PERMIT.] Except in the case of an emergency, a person 13 years of age or over but less than 18 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft, regardless of horsepower, without possessing a valid watercraft operator's permit as required by section 86B.305, unless there is a person 18 years of age or older on board the craft. In addition to the permit requirement, a person 13 years of age operating a personal watercraft must maintain unaided observation by a person 18 years of age or older. It is unlawful for the owner of a personal watercraft to permit the personal watercraft to be operated contrary to this subdivision. Subd. 4. [DEALERS AND RENTAL OPERATIONS.] (a) A dealer of personal watercraft shall distribute a summary of the laws and rules governing the operation of personal watercraft and, upon request, shall provide instruction to a purchaser regarding: (1) the laws and rules governing personal watercraft; and (2) the safe operation of personal watercraft. (b) A person who offers personal watercraft for rent: (1) shall provide a summary of the laws and rules governing the operation of personal watercraft and provide instruction regarding the laws and rules and the safe operation of personal watercraft to each person renting a personal watercraft; and (2) shall provide a United States Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device and any other required safety equipment to all persons who rent a personal watercraft at no additional cost. Sec. 4. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Sections 1 to 3 are effective 30 days after final enactment, except that section 3, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), clause (1), is effective 60 days after final enactment. Presented to the governor May 24, 1991 Signed by the governor May 28, 1991, 10:24 a.m.