Title 52, Chapter 7, Section 3
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Blind point" means that portion of any of the waters of this
state in which there is a natural or man-made obstruction which
prevents the operator of a vessel from seeing vessels approaching
from the opposite side of the obstruction, thus creating a safety
hazard which could result in a boating accident.
(2) "Board" means the Board of Natural Resources.
(3) "Boat livery" means a business which holds any vessel for
renting, leasing, or chartering.
(4) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of natural resources.
(5) "Dealer" means any person engaged in the business of
manufacturing vessels or selling new or used vessels at an
established place of business.
(6) "Department" means the Department of Natural Resources.
(7) "Discharged" means, and shall include, spilled, leaked,
pumped, poured, emitted, or dumped.
(7.1) "Hazardous area" means any area which the commissioner has
designated as such because of conditions which create a threat to
the safety and welfare of boaters who may operate in such area.
(8) "Holding tank" means any container which is designed to
receive and hold sewage and other wastes discharged from a marine
toilet and which is constructed and installed in such a manner
that it can only be emptied by pumping out the contents of such
(9) "Idle speed" means a slow speed maintained by the operator of
a mechanically propelled vessel reached by engaging the engine of
the vessel into said speed by reducing the throttle to a minimum.
(10) "Marine toilet" includes any equipment for installation on
board a vessel which is designed to receive, retain, treat, or
discharge sewage and any process to treat such sewage. A marine
toilet must be equipped with a holding tank which can be emptied
only by pumping out.
(11) "Mechanically propelled vessel" means, for the purpose of
determining fire extinguisher requirements, those vessels
propelled by machinery using a volatile liquid for fuel.
(12) "Nonmotorized vessel" means any vessel other than a sailboat
which has no motor attached in a manner to make it readily
available for operation.
(13) "No wake" means that the wake or wash created by the movement
of the vessel through the water is minimal.
(14) "Operate" means to navigate or otherwise use a vessel which
is not at anchor or moored, including vessels which are being
paddled, are drifting, or are being powered by machinery.
(15) "Operator" means the person who operates or has charge of the
navigation or use of a vessel.
(16) "Owner" means a person, other than a lienholder, having the
property in or title to a vessel. The term includes a person
entitled to the use or possession of a vessel subject to an
interest in another person reserved or created by agreement and
securing payment or performance of an obligation but the term
excludes a lessee under a lease not intended as security.
(17) "Person" means an individual, partnership, firm, corporation,
association, or other legal entity.
(18) "Personal flotation device" means any lifesaving device
classified and approved as Type I, Type II, Type III, Type IV, or
Type V (Hybrid) by the United States Coast Guard.
(19) "Portable marine toilet" means any device which is movable or
portable and is not permanently installed on a vessel and which is
designed to receive and temporarily retain sewage.
(20) "Power boat" means any boat, vessel, or water-going craft
which is propelled by mechanical rather than manual means whether
or not such propulsion device forms an integral part of the
(21) "Protected fresh waters" means the waters of Lake Allatoona,
Lake Blackshear, Clarks Hill Lake, Hartwell Lake, Lake Sidney
Lanier, Lake Oconee, Lake Seminole, Lake Sinclair, Russell Lake,
Walter F. George Reservoir, and West Point Lake.
(22) "Reportable boating accident" means an accident, collision,
or other casualty involving a vessel subject to this article which
results in loss of life, injury sufficient to cause incapacitation
for at least 24 hours, or actual physical damage to property,
including vessels, in excess of $500.00.
(22.1) "Sailboard" means any sailboat whose unsupported mast is
connected by a swivel or a flexible universal joint to a hull
similar to the hull of a surfboard.
(23) "Sewage" means human body wastes and the waste from toilets
and other receptacles intended to receive or retain body wastes.
(24) "Undocumented vessel" means a vessel which is not required to
have and does not have a valid marine document issued by the
United States Coast Guard or federal agency successor thereto.
(25) "Vessel" means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water or a sailboard, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water and specifically includes, but is not limited to, inflatable rafts; provided, however, Code Section 52-7-18, relating to rules of the road for boat traffic, shall be applicable to sailboards.
(26) "Waters of this state" means any waters within the
territorial limits of this state and the marginal sea adjacent to
this state and the high seas when navigated as a part of a journey
or ride to or from the shore of this state. This definition shall
not include privately owned ponds or lakes not open to the public.