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Boating Terms


In this handbook, these boating terms are used.

Operate means to navigate or be in actual physical control of a vessel or otherwise use a vessel or motor.

Vessel means every device, other than a seaplane, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water (including personal watercraft).

Wake means the track of waves left by a vessel or other object moving through the water, when such waves are greater than the natural waves in the immediate area of the vessel, are cresting and showing white water, or may cause injury or damage to person or property.

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