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Definitions in This Handbook

Unless otherwise noted, the following definitions can be found in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 352-60, Recreational Vessel Equipment and Operation.

Coastal waters

Those waters (bays, sounds, harbors, rivers, inlets, etc.) directly connected to the territorial seas of the state of Washington where any entrance exceeds two nautical miles between opposite shorelines to the first point where the largest distance between shorelines narrows to two miles, as shown on the current edition of the appropriate National Ocean Service chart used for navigation

Inland waters

The waters within the territorial limits of Washington state shoreward of the demarcation lines dividing the high seas from harbors, rivers, bays, sounds, and other inland waters, as established in Chapter 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 80, which are not governed by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, (72 COLREGS), Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 81-72, Appendix A

International waters

The high seas within the territorial limits of Washington state seaward of the demarcation lines dividing the high seas from the harbors, rivers, bays, sounds, and other inland waters, as established in Chapter 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 80, and are governed by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, (72 COLREGS), Chapter 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 81-72, Appendix A

Navigable waters

Those waters of the state, and their adjoining shorelines, that are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide and/or are presently used, have been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use to transport intrastate, interstate, or foreign commerce. [As found in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 88.46, Vessel Oil Spill Prevention and Response]

Operator

An individual who steers, directs, or otherwise has physical control of a vessel that is underway or exercises actual authority to control the person at the helm

Power-driven vessel

Any vessel propelled by machinery

Propulsion machinery and mechanical power

Mean that a device provides motion to a vessel through such means as combustion, steam or electric machinery [As found in the WAC Chapter 308-93, Vessel registration and certificates of title]

Waters of the state

Any waters within the territorial limits of Washington State


Information in this handbook does not replace what is specifically legal for boating in Washington, which is found in the Revised Code of Washington, Washington Administrative Code, and federal law.