Status of Calif. Bill 545

Status of Calif. Bill 545

Post by Rod McInni » Thu, 15 May 1997 04:00:00


News update:

  The California Senate Bill 545 "Operation of Vessels", has just been
amended.

  In my opinion, the latest amendment is an improvement, and makes it
something I can live with.  It still misses the mark, however.

  The major change in the bill was to replace the word "motorboat" with
the phrase "vessel powered by a motor of greater than 10 horsepower".
So now the kids can still put around in the dinghy.

  Another improvement is the following phrase:

"One of these exceptions would authorize any person who is at
least 12 years of age, but less than 16 years of age, to operate
this type of vessel, provided the person has been issued a
boating safety identification card or a temporary boating safety
identification card and is accompanied in the vessel by a
person who meets specified requirements.   "

 At least now you can start instructing a minor on boat handling at a
reasonable age.  I still don't like the fact that, even under
supervision, anyone under the age of 21 needs to have the "boating
safety identification card".

  What I still object to is the exemption for rented vessels.  Here is
the exact text of the bill:

   (d) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a person who meets
       any of the following conditions:

  <reasonable exemptions 1-4 snipped>

   (5) A person using a rented or leased vessel if all of the
       following conditions are met:    
   (A) The person rents or leases the vessel from a boat
       business licensed by a city or county.    
   (B) The rental or lease contract specifies that the renter or
      lessee has been instructed by the owner of the business or the
      authorized agent of the owner in the safe operation of the
       vessel and the hazards of unsafe operation of the vessel.    
   (C) The owner of the business has complied with the terms of
       the rental or lease contract, and all parties sign the contract.

  So, fellow Californians, if you like this, do nothing.  If you don't
like this, write your congress person!

   Rod McInnis

 
 
 

Status of Calif. Bill 545

Post by Paul Kam » Fri, 16 May 1997 04:00:00

I don't have any problem with it, especially as ammended. Except that the
exemption for rental operations sort of takes all the teeth out of it
where it's needed most. Even the most rabid PWC advocates usually admit
that the rental PWCs are a problem.
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Status of Calif. Bill 545

Post by Walt Bilofs » Fri, 16 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>I don't have any problem with it, especially as ammended. Except that the
>exemption for rental operations sort of takes all the teeth out of it
>where it's needed most. Even the most rabid PWC advocates usually admit
>that the rental PWCs are a problem.
>--

Paul, I agree.  But one of the general rules about accomplishing
change through legislation is to know when, because of the political
strength of the opposition, it is only possible to achieve change
incrementally.  Perhaps this is such a time.  Hopefully if it goes
into effect as it now stands, boat owners will pressure the
legislature to include rental boats later on.

If I could add one amendment, it would be to require rental jetskis to
be distinctively marked so people on the water would know that the
operator wasn't required to have a card.  That'd show people where the
problem is or isn't. :-)

Quote:

>  So, fellow Californians, if you like this, do nothing.  If you don't
>like this, write your congress person!

Actually, that would be your state senator.  The author of the bill is

own senator at http://www.sen.ca.gov/.

Walt Bilofsky
Golden Phoenix (Cape Dory 30 Poweryacht)
San Francisco Bay

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Status of Calif. Bill 545

Post by Rod McInni » Sat, 17 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> If I could add one amendment, it would be to require rental jetskis to
> be distinctively marked so people on the water would know that the
> operator wasn't required to have a card.  That'd show people where the
> problem is or isn't. :-)

  That's the best idea I have heard yet!

 Rod McInnis