Subdivision 1. Applicability.
The definitions in this section apply to this chapter.
Subd. 2. City.
"City" means a home rule charter or statutory city.
Subd. 3. Commissioner.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of natural resources.
Subd. 4. Dealer.
"Dealer" means a person:
(1) engaged in the business of manufacturing or selling new or used watercraft;
(2) having an established place of business for the sale, trade, and display of the watercraft;
(3) having in possession watercraft for the purpose of sale or trade.
Subd. 5. Horsepower.
"Horsepower" means the power rating established for a motor by the
manufacturer or, if a rating is not established, the power rating established by the commissioner.
Subd. 6. Length.
"Length" of a watercraft means the straight-line distance from the foremost
part of the craft to the aftermost part of the craft, measured parallel to the centerline, excluding
sheer. Bowsprits, outboard motor brackets, rudders, and other attachments are not included in the
Subd. 7. License.
"License" means the authentic document used to designate the numbers
assigned a watercraft and to renew the designation.
Subd. 8. License agent.
"License agent" means the commissioner of natural resources, the
commissioner of public safety, and deputy registrars of motor vehicles acting under section
Subd. 9. Motorboat.
"Motorboat" means a watercraft propelled in any manner by machinery,
including watercraft temporarily equipped with detachable motors.
Subd. 10. Operate.
"Operate" means to navigate or otherwise use a watercraft.
Subd. 11. Operator.
"Operator" means the person who operates or controls the navigation or
use of a watercraft.
Subd. 12. Owner.
"Owner" means a person having a property right or title to a watercraft
other than a security interest. Owner includes a person entitled to the use or possession of a
watercraft, subject to an interest in another person, reserved or created by agreement that secures
payment or performance of an obligation, but owner does not include a lessee under a lease not
intended as security.
Subd. 13. Paddle boat.
"Paddle boat" means a nonmotorized watercraft 19 feet in length or
less that is propelled solely by a paddle wheel peddled by an operator or passenger.
Subd. 14. Person.
"Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, the state and its
agencies and subdivisions, and any other legal entity.
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.
Subd. 15. Rent.
"Rent" watercraft means to make a watercraft available for the use of
others in connection with a business.
Subd. 16. Sailboard.
"Sailboard" means a single passenger, nonmotorized watercraft using a
surfboard type hull and a free sail system which, without capsizing, allows the sail to lie flat in the
water when not being supported by the operator.
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.
Subd. 17. Underway or in use.
"Underway or in use" means a watercraft in operation or use
unless it is securely fastened to a dock or other permanent mooring.
Subd. 18. Watercraft.
"Watercraft" means any contrivance used or designed for navigation
on water, except:
(1) a duck boat during the duck hunting season;
(2) a rice boat during the harvest season; or
(3) a seaplane.
Subd. 19. Waters of this state.
"Waters of this state" means waters capable of substantial
beneficial public use and waters to which the public has access that are within the territorial
limits of this state, including boundary waters.
History: 1990 c 391 art 9 s 2; 1991 c 225 s 1,2