CHAPTER 268

BOATING

Table of Contents

Sec. 15-121. Administrative procedure.

Secs. 15-122 and 15-123. Appointment and organization of commission. Director; employees.

Sec. 15-124. Investigations. Hearings.

Sec. 15-125. Appeal from action of Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

Sec. 15-126. Determination of validity of regulations.

Sec. 15-127. Definitions.

Sec. 15-128. Lights.

Sec. 15-129. Safety and equipment requirements for vessels. Regulation of motorboat noise.

Sec. 15-129a. Required and authorized lights.

Sec. 15-130. Modification or suspension of requirements.

Sec. 15-130a. Powers of officers re vessel in unsafe condition.

Sec. 15-131. Rules for preventing collisions.

Sec. 15-132. Procedure in case of collision or accident.

Sec. 15-132a. Manslaughter in the second degree with a vessel.

Sec. 15-133. Rules for safe operation. Operation of vessel while under the influence of liquor or drugs. Penalties. Records of conviction.

Sec. 15-133a. Safety controls on the Housatonic River.

Sec. 15-133b. Boating safety certificate for certain minors. Owners prohibited from permitting operation without certificate, when.

Sec. 15-133c. When boating safety certificate required upon violation of safety rules.

Sec. 15-134. Water skiing. Jumps and courses for skiers and vessels.

Sec. 15-135. Position of scuba divers to be marked. Safe operating distance for vessels.

Sec. 15-136. Ordinances and regulations.

Sec. 15-136a. Compliance with certain engine size requirements.

Sec. 15-137. Enforcement.

Sec. 15-138. Publication of laws, regulations and ordinances.

Sec. 15-139. Penalties.

Sec. 15-140. Special acts and ordinances superseded.

Sec. 15-140a. Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection as attorney for service of process on nonresident.

Sec. 15-140b. Marine parades, regattas, races, tournaments or exhibitions. Warning devices. Penalty.

Sec. 15-140c. Abandonment of vessel.

Sec. 15-140d. Obstruction to navigation or public use of waters prohibited. Remedies.

Sec. 15-140e. Safe boating certificate.

Sec. 15-140f. Courses in safe boating operation. Regulations. Reciprocity.

Sec. 15-140g. Safe boating certificate to be carried on board vessel. Penalty.

Sec. 15-140h. Operation of vessel by person less than twelve years of age.

Sec. 15-140i. Suspension of certificate of boating operation. Regulations.

Sec. 15-140j. Certificate of personal watercraft operation. Operation of personal watercraft with passengers. Regulations.

Sec. 15-140k. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree.

Sec. 15-140l. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

Sec. 15-140m. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree.

Sec. 15-140n. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

Sec. 15-140o. Seizure of vessel.

Sec. 15-140p. Fines deposited in Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.

Sec. 15-140q. Consent for chemical analysis. Suspension of safe boating certificate. Procedures. Hearing on suspension. Penalties for conviction. Elevated blood alcohol content defined. Regulations.

Sec. 15-140r. Evidence of alcohol or drugs in blood or urine.

Sec. 15-140s. Seizure and admissibility of chemical analysis of blood or urine sample of injured operator.

Sec. 15-140t. Immunity of person taking sample.

Sec. 15-140u. Blood sample of body of deceased person.

Sec. 15-140v. Reinstatement of safe boating certificate, right to operate vessel or certificate of personal watercraft operation. Regulations.

Sec. 15-141. Definitions.

Sec. 15-142. Vessel numbering requirements. Certain vessels required to display registration decals.

Sec. 15-143. Exceptions to numbering and registration requirements.

Sec. 15-144. Vessel registration number or registration decal. Schedule of fees payable to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Regulations. Penalty.

Sec. 15-144a. Provision of information re registrants to tax assessors.

Sec. 15-145. Marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s and marine surveyor’s registration numbers. Regulations. Fees. Availability and renewal of certificates. Use of vessels. Restrictions.

Sec. 15-145a. Marine dealer’s registration numbers for boat trailers.

Sec. 15-145b. Operation of a vessel registered with a marine dealer registration number by holder of passenger-for-hire license and charter boat registration.

Sec. 15-146. Notice of change of address.

Sec. 15-147. Termination of certificate of number upon transfer, destruction or abandonment of vessel.

Sec. 15-148. Duplicate certificate.

Sec. 15-149. Accident reports.

Sec. 15-149a. Reporting of accidents. Responsibilities of towboat operators.

Sec. 15-149b. Reporting of accidents involving death, injury or disappearance. Report of interviews.

Sec. 15-150. Rental of vessels. Boat livery requirements.

Sec. 15-150a. Any facility mooring or storing vessels required to maintain record of vessels not registered in Connecticut.

Sec. 15-151. Records of Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Remission and report of fees.

Sec. 15-152. False statement, penalty.

Sec. 15-153. Alteration or defacing of certificate of number or registration or alteration, removal or obliteration of number displayed on vessel.

Sec. 15-154. Enforcement. Refusal to stop vessel or take vessel to designated area. Rules for avoiding interference with operation of law enforcement vessel or fire rescue vessel. Penalties.

Sec. 15-154a. Town marine officers and auxiliaries.

Sec. 15-154b. Violation on waters between towns.

Sec. 15-154c. Attachment of property of town marine officer prohibited.

Sec. 15-155. Distribution of revenue received in fees for numbering and registration of vessels. Boating account.

Secs. 15-155a and 15-155b. Annual report of receipts from vessel registration fees and payments therefrom. State distribution of revenue from fees for vessel registration.

Sec. 15-155c. Registration fees collected in 1982 exceeding amounts distributed to Boating Fund and towns to be allowed as credits against fees payable in 1983.

Secs. 15-155d and 15-155e. Annual report re boating account. State distribution of revenue from fees for vessel registration.

Sec. 15-156. Penalties. Operation of vessel while safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation refused, suspended or revoked. Jurisdiction. Return of certificate to commissioner.

Sec. 15-157. Special acts and ordinances superseded.

Secs. 15-158 to 15-169. Reserved

Sec. 15-170. Discharge of sewage from vessels: Definitions.

Sec. 15-171. Discharge within no discharge zone prohibited.

Sec. 15-172. Provision of pump-out facilities.

Sec. 15-173. Docking facility in violation of requirement or order deemed public nuisance. Civil and criminal penalties for violations.

Sec. 15-174. Regulations.

Sec. 15-175. Penalty for misuse of or failure to equip vessel with marine sanitation device.

Sec. 15-176. Reasonable time for compliance with requirement or order.

Secs. 15-177 to 15-179. Reserved

Sec. 15-180. Transporting vessel or trailer without inspecting for and properly removing and disposing of vegetation and aquatic invasive species. Penalty.


PART I

ADMINISTRATION

Sec. 15-121. Administrative procedure. (a) Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall administer the provisions of this chapter and for such purpose shall have exclusive jurisdiction of all waters of the state, subject to the authority of the United States in respect to the navigable waters of the United States.

(b) In the performance of his duties under part II the commissioner shall: (1) Classify all waters and all vessels for the purpose of establishing uniformity in the regulation of such waters and such vessels; (2) prescribe uniform navigation aids for state waters and regulate the use of such aids; (3) establish restricted zones or sea lanes within navigable waters and adopt regulations pertaining thereto for the purpose of protecting the natural ecology of such waters and the abutting shoreline from environmental damage resulting from marine accidents which cause the release of petroleum products or other hazardous substances and materials into the waters of the state, provided before establishing such lanes, zones and regulations the commissioner shall consider at least the following factors: (i) The danger in transporting the type of material; (ii) the evidence of deleterious incidents arising from the transportation of such hazardous materials; (iii) available alternatives; (iv) the public need; and (v) the effect on interstate commerce; and further provided any such regulations promulgated by the commissioner shall list and define the substances and materials which are classified as hazardous; (4) prescribe uniform standards for safety devices and equipment required by part II and certify the types of devices and equipment which meet such standards; (5) designate and assist the several towns in designating prohibited and restricted boating areas and waters limited to special boating purposes and prescribe uniform standards for the marking and regulation of such areas; (6) adopt such regulations respecting water skiing and underwater swimming and diving as he finds necessary for public safety; (7) study, plan and recommend the development of boating facilities, safety education and means of improving boating safety; (8) in cooperation with the Department of Public Health, investigate matters relating to and recommend means of improving boating sanitation; (9) cooperate with the Department of Transportation concerning regulations governing the operation of seaplanes on state waters; (10) cooperate with the United States and the several states in promoting uniformity of boating laws and regulations and their administration and enforcement; and (11) subject to the applicable provisions of chapter 54 and the limitations of part II, adopt such regulations to provide for public safety and environmental quality as he finds necessary to administer and enforce the provisions of said part and to promote the safe use and protection of waters and the safe operation of vessels; provided the commissioner shall make no regulations respecting the operation of vessels on Long Island Sound except as are necessary to secure inshore waters and establish and secure restricted areas.

(c) In the performance of his duties under part III the commissioner shall: (1) Establish, by regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, criteria for the issuance of marine dealer identification numbers; (2) establish a uniform system for the display of motorboat identification numbers in conformity with such system as the United States may employ pursuant to the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971; (3) provide in such system for the display of distinctive marine dealers’ identification numbers; (4) compile and publish periodically boating accident statistics and submit such statistics, together with copies of all accident reports and other reports or studies, as required, to the secretary of the department of the United States in which the United States Coast Guard is operating; and (5) subject to the applicable provisions of chapter 54, adopt such regulations to provide for the public safety as are necessary to administer the provisions of part III.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 2; 520, S. 2; 1967, P.A. 175, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 207; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 370; 1972, P.A. 91, S. 1; P.A. 73-257, S. 1, 27; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 557, 610; P.A. 84-268, S. 3, 5; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-88, S. 5, 9; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1967 act deleted Subsec. (c)(3) re staggered system of renewal and renumbered remaining Subdivs. accordingly; 1969 act replaced department of aeronautics with department of transportation and aeronautics commission with bureau of aeronautics in Subsec. (b); 1971 act replaced boating commission with commissioner of environmental protection; 1972 act inserted new Subsec. (b)(3), renumbering remaining Subdivs. accordingly and included in Subdiv. (11), formerly (10), references to environmental quality and protection of waters and replaced reference to repealed Secs. 4-41 to 4-50 with reference to Secs. 4-168 to 4-173; P.A. 73-257 amended Subsec. (a) to add phrase “unless otherwise provided in this chapter”, amended Subsec. (b) to replace reference to Secs. 4-168 to 4-173 with “applicable provisions of chapter 54”, deleted Subsec. (c)(3) re assignment of number blocks for use in numbering boats and other references to such numbering, renumbering remaining Subdivs., changed “Federal Boating Act of 1958” to “Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971” and made technical changes; P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services and deleted reference to bureau of aeronautics, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 84-268 amended Subsec. (c) by inserting new Subdiv. (1) authorizing the commissioner to adopt regulations on marine dealer identification numbers and renumbering the remaining Subdivs. accordingly; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-88 deleted references to repealed Sec. 4a-68 in Subsec. (b)(11) and Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 1996; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011.

Secs. 15-122 and 15-123. Appointment and organization of commission. Director; employees. Sections 15-122 and 15-123 are repealed.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 3, 4; 520, S. 3. 4; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 152.)

Sec. 15-124. Investigations. Hearings. The commissioner may conduct investigations and hold hearings on any matter arising under the provisions of this chapter and for such purpose may, upon request, use any courtroom or town hall. The commissioner may issue subpoenas, administer oaths, compel testimony and order the production of books, records, papers and documents. If any person refuses to attend, testify or produce books, records, papers or documents as ordered, a judge of the Superior Court, upon application of the commissioner, may make such order as may be appropriate to aid in the enforcement of this section.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 5; 520, S. 5; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 371.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, and “chairman” with “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner.

Sec. 15-125. Appeal from action of Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Any person aggrieved by an order or decision of the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles under this chapter may appeal to the superior court for the judicial district in which he resides or, if he is not a resident of the state, to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford, within thirty days after such order or decision takes effect. No order or decision shall be stayed upon appeal except by order of the court or with the consent of the commissioner who issued such order or decision.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 6; 520, S. 6; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 372; P.A. 73-257, S. 2, 27; P.A. 76-436, S. 355, 681; P.A. 78-280, S. 1, 5, 127; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4–6; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 73-257 specified appeals re decisions of commissioners of environmental protection and motor vehicles; P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court and added reference to judicial districts, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 78-280 deleted references to counties and replaced “Hartford county” with “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain”; P.A. 88-230 replaced “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain” with “judicial district of Hartford”, effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-126. Determination of validity of regulations. The validity of any regulation adopted by the commissioner may be determined by the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford. No action shall be brought until the complaining party has requested the commissioner to pass upon the validity of the regulation in question and has exhausted all means of administrative review or appeal which may be provided by the commissioner.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 7; 520, S. 7; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 373; P.A. 76-436, S. 356, 681; P.A. 78-280, S. 5, 127; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4–6.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 78-280 replaced “Hartford county” with “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain”; P.A. 88-230 replaced “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain” with “judicial district of Hartford”, effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995.

PART II

SAFETY REGULATION

Sec. 15-127. Definitions. As used in this part unless the context otherwise requires: “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection; “federal waters” means the navigable waters of the United States within the territorial limits of the state; “state waters” means all waters within the territorial limits of the state except federal waters; “vessel” means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water; “motorboat” means any vessel, not more than sixty-five feet in length and propelled by machinery, whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion; “sailboat” means any vessel propelled by sail alone; “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; “water-skiing” includes aquaplaning, towing of any person behind a vessel under power and similar forms of activity; “operate” means to navigate or otherwise use a vessel; a vessel is “under way” when it is not moored, anchored, made fast to the shore or aground; “person” means any individual, partnership, firm, association, limited liability company, corporation or other entity; “town” includes city, town, borough and any other political subdivision of the state; “masthead light” means a white light placed over the fore and aft centerline of the vessel aft of and higher than the side lights and forward of the stern light showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 225 degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on either side of the vessel; “side light” means a green light on the starboard side or a red light on the port side, placed forward of the stern light and as near as practicable to the bow of the vessel, each showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 112.5 degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on its respective side, except that on a vessel of less than twenty meters in length the side lights may be combined in one lantern carried on the fore and aft centerline of the vessel; “stern light” means a white light placed as near as practicable to the stern showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 135 degrees and so fixed as to show the light 67.5 degrees from right aft on each side of the vessel; “all-around light” means a light showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon 360 degrees; “anchor light” means an all-around white light exhibited forward and displayed where it can best be seen; and “international regulations” means the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, including annexes currently in force for the United States.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 171, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 374; P.A. 73-257, S. 3, 27; P.A. 83-50, S. 1, 3; P.A. 85-106, S. 1; P.A. 87-505, S. 5, 9; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 45, 70; P.A. 95-79, S. 45, 189; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1967 act replaced boating safety commission with boating commission and redefined motorboat to place 65-foot limit on length; 1971 act replaced definition of “commission” with definition of “commissioner”; P.A. 73-257 redefined “water-skiing” to include towing person behind vessel under power; P.A. 83-50 defined “sailboard”; P.A. 85-106 defined “masthead light”, “side light”, “stern light”, “all-around light”, “anchor light” and “international regulations” and deleted definition of federal regulations for preventing collisions at sea; P.A. 87-505 deleted an obsolete reference to Sec. 15-128 and inserted Sec. 15-129 in lieu thereof; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 made a technical change; P.A. 95-79 redefined “person” to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-128. Lights. Section 15-128 is repealed.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 8; P.A. 76-381, S. 20; P.A. 77-327, S. 1, 2; P.A. 87-505, S. 8, 9.)

Sec. 15-129. Safety and equipment requirements for vessels. Regulation of motorboat noise. (a) Vessels operated on state and federal waters shall comply with the federal and state safety and equipment requirements contained in this chapter. The federal requirements cited in this section are incorporated herein by reference. (1) Every vessel shall comply with the requirements of 33 CFR Part 175, Subpart B, as amended from time to time, regarding the number and type of personal flotation devices required to be on board the vessel, including requirements regarding the use of personal flotation devices by children. (2) Every vessel that has gasoline engines for electrical generation, mechanical power or propulsion shall comply with the requirements of 33 CFR Part 183, Subpart K, 33 CFR 175.201 and 46 CFR Subpart 25.40, as amended from time to time, regarding ventilation applicable to the vessel. (3) Every gasoline engine installed in a motorboat after April 25, 1940, except outboard motors, shall comply with the requirements of 46 CFR Subparts 25.35 and 58.10, as amended from time to time, regarding backfire flame controls. (4) Every motorboat shall have its engine equipped with an effective muffler or muffler system. (5) All motorboats shall comply with the requirements of 46 CFR Subpart 25.30, as amended from time to time, regarding fire extinguishers applicable to the vessel. (6) Every vessel shall comply with the requirements of 33 USC 2032 to 2038, inclusive, as amended from time to time, and 33 CFR Part 86, as amended from time to time, regarding sound signal appliances applicable to the vessel. (7) Every vessel shall comply with the requirements of 33 USC 2037, as amended from time to time, and 33 CFR Part 87, as amended from time to time, regarding visual distress signals and the use thereof. Every vessel operated on the waters of Long Island Sound or Fishers Island Sound shall comply with the requirements of 33 USC 2037, as amended from time to time, and 33 CFR Part 175, Subpart C, as amended from time to time, regarding visual distress signals applicable to the vessel, unless specifically exempted therefrom. Each person, operator and owner in a vessel shall comply with 33 CFR 175.140, as amended from time to time, regarding restrictions on the use of visual distress signals.

(b) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state unless such motorboat is at all times equipped with a muffler or muffler system which enables such motorboat to be operated in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section and such muffler or muffler system is in use. For purposes of this section, “muffler” or “muffler system” means a sound suppression device or system designed and installed to abate the sound of exhaust gases emitted from an internal combustion engine and causes such engine to operate in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section. “Muffler system” includes, but is not limited to, an underwater through-the-propeller-hub exhaust outlet system.

(c) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state in such a manner as to exceed the following noise levels: (1) For engines manufactured before January 1, 1993, a noise level of 90 dB(A) when subjected to a stationary sound level test as prescribed by Society of Automotive Engineers Specification Number J2005; (2) for engines manufactured on or after January 1, 1993, a noise level of 88 dB(A) when subjected to a stationary sound level test as prescribed by Society of Automotive Engineers Specification Number J2005. If a motorboat is equipped with more than one engine, such noise levels shall apply when all such engines are simultaneously in operation.

(d) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state in such a manner as to exceed a noise level of 75 dB(A) measured as specified by Society of Automotive Engineers Specification Number J1970.

(e) Any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter who has reason to believe that a motorboat is being operated in excess of the noise levels established in subsection (c) or (d) of this section may request the operator of such motorboat to submit the motorboat to an on-site test to measure noise levels, with the officer on board such motorboat if such officer chooses, and the operator shall comply with such request. If such motorboat exceeds the noise levels established in subsection (c) or (d) of this section, the officer may direct the operator to take immediate and reasonable measures to correct the violation, including returning the motorboat to a mooring and keeping the motorboat at such mooring until the violation is corrected or ceases.

(f) Any officer who conducts a motorboat sound level test as provided in this section shall be qualified in motorboat noise testing by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Such qualification shall include, without limitation, instruction in selection of the measurement site and in the calibration and use of noise testing equipment.

(g) No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any motorboat on the waters of this state that is equipped with a muffler or muffler system cutout, bypass or similar device which prevents the proper operation of or diminishes the operating capacity of the muffler, or causes the motorboat to be operated in violation of subsection (c) or (d) of this section, except that the commissioner shall allow the installation and operation of those muffler system cutouts, bypasses or similar devices that are demonstrated to the satisfaction of the commissioner to operate in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) or (d) of this section.

(h) No person shall remove a muffler or muffler system from a motorboat or alter a muffler or muffler system on a motorboat so as to prevent the operation of such motorboat in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section.

(i) No person shall sell or offer for sale any motorboat which is not equipped with a muffler or muffler system which enables such motorboat to be operated in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section. This subsection shall not apply to the sale or offer for sale of a motorboat which will be operated solely for the purpose of competing in marine races or regattas, provided upon the sale of a motorboat which is not equipped with such a muffler or muffler system, the seller shall provide to the purchaser, and the purchaser shall date and sign, the following statement: “I understand that this motorboat may not be operated for any purposes other than competing in a marine race or regatta authorized under section 15-140b of the Connecticut general statutes”. Such statement shall include the hull identification number of the motorboat being purchased. Not later than five days after the sale, the seller shall submit to the commissioner a copy of such signed and dated statement. The seller and purchaser shall each retain a copy of the statement.

(j) The provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of this section shall not apply to the operation of a motorboat participating in a marine race or regatta authorized by the commissioner under section 15-140b.

(k) All devices and equipment required by this section shall be of a type and carried in the quantity and location approved by the commissioner or by the United States Coast Guard.

(l) Sirens shall not be used on any vessel, except that law enforcement vessels of the United States, this state or a political subdivision of this state may use sirens when engaged in law enforcement activities or when identification is necessary for safety reasons. Any vessel may be equipped with a theft alarm signal device if such device is so designed that it cannot be used as an ordinary warning signal.

(m) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall have committed an infraction. Any person who fails to comply with a request or direction of an officer made pursuant to subsection (e) of this section shall be fined not less than three hundred fifty dollars or more than five hundred fifty dollars and shall be fined not less than four hundred fifty dollars or more than six hundred fifty dollars for each subsequent offense. Any person who violates the provisions of any other subsection of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 9; 1967, P.A. 449, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 145, S. 1; P.A. 73-257, S. 4, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 21; P.A. 78-275, S. 1, 3; P.A. 83-50, S. 2, 3; P.A. 84-268, S. 1; P.A. 85-106, S. 3; P.A. 87-505, S. 1, 9; P.A. 89-388, S. 25; P.A. 97-49, S. 1, 2; P.A. 98-209, S. 18, 25; P.A. 05-76, S. 2; 05-203, S. 1; P.A. 06-196, S. 97; P.A. 08-26, S. 1; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1967 act made provisions applicable to vessels in federal waters, required life preservers on sailboats, canoes and rowboats as well as on motorboats, inserted new Subsec. (a)(2) re preservers for children under sixteen, renumbering remaining Subdivs. accordingly, required ventilation for enclosed engine compartments and added Subdiv. (6) requiring fire extinguishers; 1969 act added Subsec. (c) forbidding operation of improperly equipped vessel; P.A. 73-257 replaced specific vessel listing in Subsec. (a)(1) with “vessel” and “life preserving device” with “personal flotation device”, deleted Subsec. (a)(2) and renumbered remaining Subsecs. accordingly; P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (d) making violation an infraction; P.A. 78-275 inserted new Subsec. (b) re permissible noise levels and relettered remaining Subsecs. accordingly; P.A. 83-50 amended Subsec. (a) to deem a sailboard hull to be a personal flotation device; P.A. 84-268 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision authorizing an officer to request a vessel operator to submit the vessel to a test, deleted Subsec. (d), which had prohibited operating or giving permission to operate a vessel not equipped as required, adding prohibition against the giving of permission to operate a vessel in such a way as to exceed noise levels in Subsec. (b), relettering the remaining Subsec. accordingly and amending said Subsec. by adding specific fine for refusal to submit to the test; P.A. 85-106 amended Subsec. (a) by making technical changes in Subdiv. (1), establishing an exception to the requirement of arrestors or backfire traps in Subdiv. (2) and adding Subdivs. (6) re sound devices and (7) re visual distress signals, amended Subsec. (c) by adding provisions re quantity and location, and amended Subsec. (d) to prohibit the use of sirens; P.A. 87-505 added Subsec. (e) re altered mufflers; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (b) by relettering provisions re officers as Subsec. (c) and adding provisions re reasonable measures to correct a violation and moved provisions re violations from Subsec. (e) to new Subsec. (g) and added penalty for violations of Subsecs. (b) and (c); P.A. 97-49 amended Subsec. (a) to require operator or owner of certain vessels to require any child under twelve to wear personal flotation device while vessel is underway, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-209 substantially amended former section and relettered former subsections to provide for more extensive regulation of motorboat noise, amending or adding Subsecs. (b) to (m), inclusive, effective July 1, 1999 (Revisor’s note: The Revisors editorially substituted a period for a comma following “... Department of Environmental Protection”); P.A. 05-76 required every motorboat to be equipped with effective muffler or muffler system in Subsec. (a), defined “muffler system” in Subsec. (b), provided exception for installation and operation of muffler system cutouts, bypasses or similar devices approved by Commissioner of Environmental Protection in Subsec. (g), and added references to muffler system in Subsecs. (b), (g), (h) and (i), effective June 2, 2005; P.A. 05-203 added provision re person failing to comply with request or direction of officer made pursuant to Subsec. (e) being subject to increased fine, added provision re fine for subsequent offense and made a conforming change in Subsec. (m), effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsec. (m), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 08-26 amended Subsec. (a) to replace former requirements with provisions adopting federal requirements regarding number, type and use of personal flotation devices, vessel ventilation, backfire flame controls, fire extinguishers, sound signal appliances and visual distress signals; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (f), effective July 1, 2011.

Cited. 209 C. 169.

Sec. 15-129a. Required and authorized lights. (a) Every vessel using state or federal waters shall comply with the following federal requirements, which are incorporated herein by reference, regarding the use of navigation lights: 33 USC 2020 to 2021, inclusive, as amended from time to time, 33 USC 2023 to 2029, inclusive, as amended from time to time, 33 USC 2038, as amended from time to time, and 33 CFR Part 84, as amended from time to time.

(b) The visibility for the lights required by this section shall comply with 33 USC 2022 and 2038, as amended from time to time, and 33 CFR Part 84, as amended from time to time, which federal requirements are incorporated herein by reference.

(c) When lights are required pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, no other lights shall be exhibited, except lights that (1) cannot be mistaken for the lights required pursuant to this section and do not impair the visibility or distinctive character of such required lights, and (2) do not interfere with the keeping of a proper lookout.

(d) Every vessel shall comply with the requirements of 33 USC 2030, as amended from time to time, which requirements are incorporated herein by reference, regarding the exhibition of anchor lights when a vessel is at anchor or aground.

(e) Flashing blue lights may be used by law enforcement vessels of the United States, this state or a political subdivision of this state in accordance with 33 CFR 88.11, as amended from time to time, which is incorporated herein by reference.

(f) Flashing red and yellow light signals may be used by vessels engaged in government sanctioned public safety activities and commercial vessels performing similar functions in accordance with 33 CFR 88.12, which is incorporated herein by reference.

(g) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

(P.A. 85-106, S. 2; P.A. 08-26, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 08-26 replaced former lighting requirements in Subsecs. (a), (b), (d) and (e) with provisions adopting federal requirements, added new Subsec. (f) authorizing flashing red and yellow light signals for certain government and commercial vessels and redesignated existing Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (g).

Sec. 15-130. Modification or suspension of requirements. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may modify or suspend any requirement of sections 15-129 and 15-129a in respect to any class of vessels or vessels using any water or class of waters upon finding that such requirement does not materially aid boating safety and is unduly burdensome and inconvenient. If, however, any requirement of section 15-129 or 15-129a is a federal standard, the commissioner may not modify or suspend such requirement unless: (1) The Secretary of the United States Coast Guard has issued an exemption under 46 USC 4305 or the state of Connecticut is exempted from preemption under 33 CFR 175.5, or (2) the modification or suspension of the federal standard is necessary to meet uniquely hazardous conditions or circumstances. In the event the Secretary of the United States Coast Guard has not disapproved of a modification or suspension under 46 USC 4306, the commissioner may modify such standards under section 15-129 or section 15-129a.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 10; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 375; P.A. 87-505, S. 6, 9; P.A. 08-26, S. 3; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 87-505 deleted an obsolete reference to Sec. 15-128 and inserted Sec. 15-129a in lieu thereof; P.A. 08-26 made a technical change and added provision specifying commissioner may not modify or suspend requirement if it is a federal standard, except under certain conditions; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-130a. Powers of officers re vessel in unsafe condition. If any officer empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter observes a vessel being used without sufficient lifesaving or fire-fighting devices or in an overloaded or otherwise unsafe condition as defined in this chapter or in regulations of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and in his judgment such use creates an especially hazardous condition, he may direct the operator to take whatever immediate and reasonable steps that would be necessary for the safety of those aboard the vessel, including directing the operator to return to mooring and to remain there until the situation creating the hazard is corrected or ended.

(P.A. 73-257, S. 25, 27; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-131. Rules for preventing collisions. The rules prescribed by this section for preventing collisions shall govern the operation of all vessels on state and federal waters. In construing the provisions of this section, risk of collision shall be deemed to exist when the compass bearing between approaching vessels does not appreciably change.

(1) When vessels approach each other end on, or nearly so, each shall pass on the port side of the other, except that, if the courses of such vessels are so far to the starboard of each other as not to be considered approaching end on and altering course would create a hazard, each shall keep out of the way of the other and pass on the starboard side of the other.

(2) When vessels are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, the vessel which has the other on her starboard side shall keep out of the way of the other, except that in such a situation a motorboat shall keep out of the way of a sailboat.

(3) When sailboats are crossing so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows: (A) A sailboat running free shall keep out of the way of a sailboat which is close-hauled. (B) A sailboat which is close-hauled on the port tack shall keep out of the way of a sailboat which is close-hauled on the starboard tack. (C) When two sailboats are running free with the wind on different sides, the sailboat which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other. (D) When two sailboats are running free with the wind on the same side, the sailboat which is to the windward shall keep out of the way of the other.

(4) Every vessel overtaking another vessel shall keep out of the way of the overtaken vessel. Any person operating a vessel shall not follow another vessel more closely than is reasonable and prudent and shall have regard for prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to not create a risk of collision.

(5) Every vessel which is required by these rules to keep out of the way of another vessel, on approaching such other vessel, shall slacken speed, stop, reverse or alter course as necessary and, as circumstances permit, avoid crossing ahead of or hazarding the other vessel. The other vessel shall maintain her course and speed.

(6) In obeying and construing these rules, regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and any special circumstances which may render a departure from these rules necessary in order to avoid immediate danger. For the purposes of this subsection, following too closely to avoid collision with another vessel shall be considered a violation.

(7) The operator of a vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout required by the ordinary practice of seamen and by the special circumstances of the case.

(8) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 11; P.A. 76-381, S. 22; P.A. 94-188, S. 13; P.A. 99-219, S. 1, 3.)

History: P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (h) making violation an infraction; P.A. 94-188 changed Subsecs. (a) to (h), inclusive, to Subdivs. (1) to (8), inclusive, and in the new Subdiv. (3), changed the Subdivs. to Subparas; P.A. 99-219 made section applicable to federal waters and added provisions in Subdivs. (4) and (6) re following too closely to avoid collision, effective July 1, 1999.

Sec. 15-132. Procedure in case of collision or accident. When two or more vessels are involved in a collision, accident or other casualty, the operator of each, so far as he can do so without danger to his vessel or to its crew or passengers, shall render to the other vessel, its operator, crew and passengers such assistance as may be practicable and necessary to save them from danger caused by such collision and he shall stay by such other vessel until he has ascertained that there is no need of further assistance. Each such operator shall also give to the operator of the other vessel his name, address and the identification number, if any, of his vessel. Failure of an operator to comply with the requirements of this section, unless reasonable cause for such failure is shown, shall be prima facie evidence that the collision was caused by his wrongful act, neglect or default.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 12.)

Sec. 15-132a. Manslaughter in the second degree with a vessel. (a) A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree with a vessel when, while operating a vessel upon the waters of this state under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, such person causes the death of another person as a consequence of the effect of such liquor or drug.

(b) Manslaughter in the second degree with a vessel is a class C felony and the court shall suspend the safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation for one year for any person found guilty under this section.

(P.A. 09-140, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 09-140 effective July 1, 2009.

Sec. 15-133. Rules for safe operation. Operation of vessel while under the influence of liquor or drugs. Penalties. Records of conviction. (a) The rules prescribed by this section shall apply on all state and federal waters.

(b) No person shall use a vessel in a manner that unreasonably or unnecessarily interferes with free and proper navigation. Anchoring under a bridge, in a narrow channel or in a congested water not designated as an anchorage area is such interference, except in case of emergency.

(c) No person shall alter, deface or remove any capacity information label affixed to any vessel.

(d) No person shall operate a vessel: (1) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or (2) while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content. For the purposes of this section and sections 15-140l and 15-140n, “elevated blood alcohol content” means: (A) A ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is eight-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, or (B) if such person is under twenty-one years of age, a ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is two-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight. For the purposes of this section and sections 15-132a, 15-140l, 15-140n, 15-140o and 15-140q, “operate” means that the vessel is underway or aground and not moored, anchored or docked.

(e) In any prosecution for a violation of subdivision (1) of subsection (d) of this section, evidence concerning the amount of alcohol in the defendant’s blood or urine at the time of the alleged offense, as shown by a chemical analysis of the defendant’s blood, breath or urine, otherwise admissible under subsection (a) of section 15-140r, shall be admissible only at the request of the defendant.

(f) No person shall operate a vessel or engage in any activity contrary to the regulations adopted by the commissioner.

(g) No person shall moor a vessel to, obstruct, remove, damage or destroy any navigation aid or any device used to mark a restricted area.

(h) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (d) of this section shall: (1) For conviction of a first violation, (A) be fined not less than five hundred dollars or more than one thousand dollars, and (B) be (i) imprisoned not more than six months, forty-eight consecutive hours of which may not be suspended or reduced in any manner, or (ii) imprisoned not more than six months, with the execution of such sentence of imprisonment suspended entirely and a period of probation imposed requiring as a condition of such probation that such person perform one hundred hours of community service, as defined in section 14-227e, and (C) have such person’s safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation, if any, or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation suspended for one year; (2) for conviction of a second violation not later than ten years after a prior conviction for the same offense, (A) be fined not less than one thousand dollars or more than four thousand dollars, (B) be imprisoned not more than two years, one hundred twenty consecutive days of which may not be suspended or reduced in any manner, and sentenced to a period of probation requiring as a condition of such probation that such person perform one hundred hours of community service, as defined in section 14-227e, and (C) have such person’s safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation, if any, or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation suspended for three years or until the date of such person’s twenty-first birthday, whichever is longer; and (3) for conviction of a third and subsequent violation not later than ten years after a prior conviction for the same offense, (A) be fined not less than two thousand dollars or more than eight thousand dollars, (B) be imprisoned not more than three years, one year of which may not be suspended or reduced in any manner, and sentenced to a period of probation requiring as a condition of such probation that such person perform one hundred hours of community service, as defined in section 14-227e, and (C) have such person’s safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation, if any, or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation permanently revoked upon such third offense.

(i) The suspension of a safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation imposed under subsection (h) of this section shall take effect immediately upon expiration of any period in which an appeal of any conviction under subsection (d) of this section may be taken, provided if an appeal is taken, the suspension shall be stayed during the pendency of such appeal. If the suspension or revocation takes effect, the defendant shall return, not later than the second business day after the suspension or revocation takes effect, by personal delivery or first class mail, the safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation issued to the defendant.

(j) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars. Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (c) or (g) of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars and not more than five hundred dollars. Any person who violates any of the provisions of subsection (f) of this section shall have committed an infraction.

(k) (1) A record shall be kept by the Superior Court of any conviction relating to the operation of a vessel. A summary of such record, with a statement of the number of the operator’s safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation shall, not later than five days after such conviction, forfeiture or any other disposition or nolle, be transmitted to the commissioner by such court. Each court shall report each conviction under subsection (d) of this section to the commissioner. The commissioner shall suspend the safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation of the person reported as convicted for the period of time required by subsection (h) of this section.

(2) The safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation of a person found guilty under subsection (d) of this section who is under eighteen years of age shall be suspended by the commissioner for the period of time set forth in subsection (h) of this section, or until such person attains the age of eighteen years, whichever period is longer.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 13; 1969, P.A. 148, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 376; P.A. 76-381, S. 23; P.A. 82-348, S. 1, 6; P.A. 83-285, S. 1; P.A. 85-106, S. 4; P.A. 89-388, S. 18, 27; P.A. 03-244, S. 1; P.A. 04-257, S. 24; P.A. 09-140, S. 4.)

History: 1969 act replaced former Subsec. (a) re operation at moderate speed during fog, mist, snow or heavy rain with new provisions prohibiting operation at greater than reasonable speed, clarified and expanded Subsec. (j) and deleted reference to restricted areas in Subsec. (f); 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission with “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner, in Subsec. (f); P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (h) re infractions; P.A. 82-348 changed the penalty in Subsec. (h) for violation of any provisions of this section from an infraction to a violation; P.A. 83-285 amended Subsec. (h) to make violations of any provision of Subsec. (f) an infraction; P.A. 85-106 amended Subsec. (c) to add provisions requiring operation in accordance with maximum capacity information and to prohibit alteration, defacement or removal of capacity information label; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision re speed of vessels, amended Subsec. (c) to delete provisions re capacity, deleted Subsec. (d) in its entirety and relettered the remaining Subsecs., amended relettered Subsec. (d) to add provisions re drugs and standard for under the influence and amended relettered Subsec. (g) to establish a violation of Subsec. (d) and to make technical corrections; P.A. 03-244 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), amended Subsec. (d) to delete former provisions and add Subdivs. (1) and (2) establishing criteria for operation of a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and defining “elevated blood alcohol content” and “operate”, added new Subsec. (e) re admissibility of a chemical analysis, redesignated existing Subsecs. (e), (f) and (g), as new Subsecs. (f), (g) and (h), made a technical change in Subsec. (f), amended Subsec. (h) to delete former provisions and add Subdivs. (1) to (3) re applicable penalties for conviction, and added new Subsecs. (i) re suspension of a safe boating certificate, (j) re fines for violation of Subsecs. (b), (c), (f) and (g), and (k) re records of conviction; P.A. 04-257 made technical changes in Subsec. (h), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 09-140 amended Subsec. (d) by adding reference to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009.

Sec. 15-133a. Safety controls on the Housatonic River. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall prescribe, install and maintain suitable safety controls and warning devices on the approaches to the dams on the Housatonic River for the safety of boats utilizing the same.

(1963, P.A. 24; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 377; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1971 act substituted commissioner of environmental protection for boating safety commission; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-133b. Boating safety certificate for certain minors. Owners prohibited from permitting operation without certificate, when. Section 15-133b is repealed.

(1969, P.A. 487, S. 1-4; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 378; P.A. 82-223, S. 26; 82-421, S. 3, 4; P.A. 83-577, S. 31; P.A. 89-388, S. 7; P.A. 90-274, S. 9, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 17, 18.)

Sec. 15-133c. When boating safety certificate required upon violation of safety rules. (a) On or before January 1, 1991, any person convicted of more than one violation of section 15-133 or 15-134 within any two-year period may not operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of five horsepower on the waters of the state for recreational purposes without first obtaining a boating safety certificate from the commissioner evidencing successful completion of a course in safe boat handling approved by the commissioner. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 establishing requirements for the issuance of boating safety certificates and the content of safe boat handling courses which shall include but not be limited to instruction in boat handling and navigation. The commissioner may designate an agent for giving such course and issuing such certificates: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Power Squadron, or any other person or organization the commissioner deems qualified to act in such capacity.

(b) The clerk of the court in which a conviction for a violation of section 15-132a, 15-133, 15-134, 15-140l or 15-140n is rendered shall cause notice of such conviction to be given to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection not later than thirty days after such conviction.

(P.A. 82-421, S. 1, 4; P.A. 83-285, S. 2, 6; P.A. 89-388, S. 8; P.A. 03-202, S. 3; 03-244, S. 9; P.A. 04-109, S. 1; P.A. 09-140, S. 5; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 83-285 changed Subsec. (b) to require that a certified copy of a conviction rather than a copy of a citation be sent to the commissioner and to specify that no charge will be levied for sending the copy; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (a) to terminate provisions on or before January 1, 1991, and amended Subsec. (b) to require that copies of convictions be sent within 30 days of conviction; P.A. 03-202 replaced former Subsec. (b) re certified copy of conviction with new Subsec. (b) re notice of conviction; P.A. 03-244 made technical changes in Subsec. (a) and amended former Subsec. (b) to include reference to Secs. 15-140l and 15-140n, which amendment to former Subsec. (b) failed to take effect because of replacement made by P.A. 03-202; P.A. 04-109 amended Subsec. (b) to add reference to Secs. 15-140l and 15-140n, effective May 21, 2004; P.A. 09-140 amended Subsec. (b) by adding reference to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-134. Water skiing. Jumps and courses for skiers and vessels. (a) No person shall operate a motorboat towing a water skier unless there is present in such motorboat, in addition to the operator, a responsible person at least twelve years of age assisting the operator and observing the progress of such water skier.

(b) No person shall engage in water skiing and no person shall operate a motorboat towing a person so engaged on any water area on which water skiing is prohibited.

(c) No person shall engage in water skiing from one-half hour after sunset until sunrise or when weather conditions restrict normal visibility to less than one hundred yards.

(d) No person shall engage in water skiing in such manner as to strike or threaten to strike any person or vessel and no person shall operate a motorboat or manipulate a tow line or other towing device in such manner as to cause a water skier to strike or threaten to strike another person or vessel.

(e) The commissioner may modify or suspend the provisions of this section in respect to any person performing or competing in a bona fide race, regatta, water carnival or similar public event.

(f) (1) No individual, municipality, association or corporation shall place or cause to be placed on the waters of this state any marked course or jump ramp for use by any water skier or vessel without written authorization of the commissioner except on lakes or ponds owned by, and whose access is entirely under the control of, private landowners or lessees who all agree to the establishment of such course or ramp. On and after October 1, 1993, no new authorization shall be granted on any body of water with a surface area less than one hundred acres. Application for authorization shall be made on forms provided by the commissioner and shall be accompanied by: (A) A detailed map showing the proposed location of such marked course or jump ramp, (B) a detailed diagram of the proposed course markers or jump ramp, and (C) a detailed statement addressing the safety and environmental impact of such proposal.

(2) The commissioner shall hold an informational meeting in the town or one of the towns in which authorization is sought, giving all towns involved and all interested persons an opportunity to present their views regarding the proposed marked course or jump ramp. Any such informational meeting shall not be deemed to be a hearing under the provisions of chapter 54. Prior to issuing or denying such authorization the commissioner shall consider: (A) The completeness, accuracy and detail of the application, (B) public safety, (C) any environmental impacts directly related to the proposed marked course or jump ramp, and (D) the possible conflicts with other water uses.

(3) Any authorization issued by the commissioner pursuant to this subsection may contain such conditions as the commissioner deems necessary to safeguard public safety, welfare or the environment.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 14; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 379; P.A. 73-257, S. 5, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 24; P.A. 83-285, S. 3; P.A. 93-238, S. 1; P.A. 03-244, S. 15; P.A. 04-109, S. 2.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 deleted reference to operation of boat towing skier in Subsec. (c) and changed prohibition from one hour to one-half hour after sunset and included in prohibition skiing when visibility less than one hundred yards; P.A. 76-381 inserted new Subsec. (e) making violation an infraction and relettered former Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f); P.A. 83-285 repealed Subsec. (e) which had made violation of Subsecs. (a), (b) and (d) an infraction, relettering former Subsec. (f) accordingly; P.A. 93-238 added Subsec. (f) re jumps and courses for skiers and vessels; P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (f) to add “municipality” in Subdiv. (1), change requirement of a public hearing to an informational meeting in Subdiv. (2) and add Subdiv. (3) re conditions contained in commissioner’s authorization; P.A. 04-109 amended Subsec. (f)(2) to make a technical change, effective May 21, 2004.

Sec. 15-135. Position of scuba divers to be marked. Safe operating distance for vessels. (a) No person shall engage in underwater swimming or diving using a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus or other artificial breathing device in any state or federal water without marking his position with a clearly discernible flag, buoy or other device which the commissioner approves or prescribes. No person when so engaged shall surface more than fifty feet from such marker, except in cases of emergency.

(b) Not more than four persons shall use the same marking device simultaneously, except when engaged in underwater swimming or diving from an anchored boat displaying such marking device, in which case the number of persons using the same marking device shall be limited to the legal capacity of such boat.

(c) No person shall operate a vessel or cause any person on water skis to pass within one hundred feet of a device marking the location of an underwater swimmer or diver.

(d) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 15; P.A. 76-381, S. 25; P.A. 77-190; P.A. 93-238, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (c) making violation an infraction; P.A. 77-190 replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner, inserted new Subsec. (b) re multiple use of marking device and relettered Subsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d); P.A. 93-238 amended Subsec. (c) to increase the safe operating distance for vessels to dive markers from 50 to 100 feet.

Sec. 15-136. Ordinances and regulations. (a) Any town, by ordinance, may make local regulations respecting the operation of vessels on any body of water within its territorial limits. Upon adoption, each such ordinance shall be submitted to the commissioner and, if not disapproved by him within sixty days thereafter, shall take effect as provided in subsection (c) of this section. The commissioner may disapprove any ordinance or part thereof which he finds to be arbitrary, unreasonable, unnecessarily restrictive, inimical to uniformity or inconsistent with the policy of this part.

(b) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, respecting the operation of vessels on any body of water which lies within the territorial limits of two or more towns (1) when no local regulations exist or (2) when such action is required to establish uniformity in the boating regulations of the several towns. Any town, by vote of its legislative body, and any group of ten or more interested persons may petition the commissioner for the adoption, amendment or repeal of the regulations. The commissioner shall hold a public hearing on each such petition in the petitioning town or in one of the towns which will be affected, giving all interested persons an opportunity to present their views. Notice of such hearing, stating the date, time and place thereof and the substance of the proposed regulation, shall be published at least ten days prior thereto in a newspaper of general circulation in the town or towns which will be affected.

(c) All regulations adopted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall take effect upon their publication and posting as required by section 15-138.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 16; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 380; P.A. 91-91, S. 1, 3.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 91-91 deleted reference to “special” regulations, eliminated requirement of finding of emergency by commissioner and made the regulations adopted pursuant to this section effective upon their publication and posting pursuant to Sec. 15-138 where previously effective on the April first following adoption except in emergency situations.

Sec. 15-136a. Compliance with certain engine size requirements. In complying with the requirements of any statute, regulation or ordinance restricting the horsepower or size of the engine on any vessel while being operated on an inland body of water, a person may (1) in the case of an outboard motor, remove the propeller from the boat’s engine and incline the engine out of the water so that the absence of the propeller is clearly visible, or (2) in the case of an inboard motor, remove the propeller from the boat’s engine and incline or trim the engine to an upright position. This section shall not be construed to allow vessels with the gasoline-powered engines on bodies of water where such engines are not allowed.

(P.A. 99-219, S. 2, 3.)

History: P.A. 99-219 effective July 1, 1999.

Sec. 15-137. Enforcement. Section 15-137 is repealed.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 17; 1963, P.A. 552, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 170, S. 2.)

Sec. 15-138. Publication of laws, regulations and ordinances. On or before the first day of April annually the commissioner shall publish in pamphlet form and distribute all general and special laws and all regulations and ordinances adopted or approved by him pertaining to or affecting boating and boating activities, or a digest or resume of such laws, regulations and ordinances, together with information respecting rules, forms and procedures prescribed by him for the administration of this part. No regulation or ordinance shall take effect until so published and distributed, except that in the case of any regulation or ordinance adopted pursuant to section 15-136 not contained in such pamphlet because of its recent adoption, the commissioner or municipality, as the case may be, shall publish notice of the regulation or ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation, in the town or towns affected, and shall also post the affected area. The commissioner may, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, adopt regulations to specify posting techniques to comply with this section.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 18; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 381; P.A. 73-257, S. 6, 27; P.A. 91-91, S. 2, 3.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. “environmental protection commissioner”; P.A. 73-257 made provisions re pamphlet contents specifically applicable to orders, regulations, etc. adopted, approved or prescribed by commissioner; P.A. 91-91 deleted reference to emergency certification by commissioner and provided for publication and posting of notice of adoption of regulations.

Sec. 15-139. Penalties. (a) Any person who violates any provision of section 15-132 or section 15-134 shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

(b) Any person who violates any other provision of this part for which no penalty is provided shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 19; P.A. 76-381, S. 26; P.A. 83-285, S. 4.)

History: P.A. 76-381 deleted Subsec. (a) which had imposed $25 maximum penalty for violation of specified provisions and relettered Subsecs. (b) and (c) accordingly; P.A. 83-285 amended Subsec. (a) by eliminating application of the fine to of Sec. 15-133(e) or Sec. 15-134(c).

Sec. 15-140. Special acts and ordinances superseded. All special acts and municipal ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this part are superseded and shall be of no force or effect.

(1961, P.A. 520, S. 20.)

Sec. 15-140a. Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection as attorney for service of process on nonresident. Any person not a resident of this state who causes a vessel to be operated upon any waters which are subject to the jurisdiction of this state shall be deemed to have appointed the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection as his attorney and to have agreed that any process in any civil action brought against him because of alleged negligence in the operation of a vessel upon any such waters may be served upon the commissioner and shall have the same validity as if served upon the nonresident personally. Such process shall be served by the officer to whom it is directed upon the commissioner by leaving with him at his office, at least twelve days before the return day of such process, a true and attested copy thereof, and by sending to the defendant, by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, a like true and attested copy with an endorsement thereon of the service upon the commissioner, addressed to such nonresident at his last-known address. The officer serving such process upon the commissioner shall leave with him, at the time of service, a fee of two dollars, which fee shall be taxed in favor of the plaintiff in his costs if he prevails in the action. The commissioner shall keep a record of such process and the day and hour of service. The provisions of this section shall not apply to vessels having a valid marine document issued by the United States or a foreign government.

(1963, P.A. 222; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 382; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1971 act replaced commissioner of agriculture and natural resources with commissioner of environmental protection; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140b. Marine parades, regattas, races, tournaments or exhibitions. Warning devices. Penalty. Written permission shall be obtained from the commissioner at least thirty days in advance for any marine parade, regatta, race, tournament or exhibition to be held on state waters, as defined in section 15-127, or, by agreement between the United States Coast Guard and the commissioner, on federal waters, as defined in said section 15-127. The commissioner may grant season permits. Any person who obtains such permission shall be responsible for providing reasonable protection as prescribed by the commissioner and for taking reasonable precautions to safeguard persons and property. During any authorized event, the commissioner may require the person conducting it to conspicuously display one or more warning flags, warning buoys or warning signs as prescribed by the commissioner. When such warning devices are displayed, no watercraft not participating in the event shall cross the course or area of the event, except in an emergency. The warning devices shall be removed for reasonable periods of time during the event to allow nonparticipating watercraft to pass through the area. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalty in subsection (b) of section 15-139.

(1967, P.A. 241; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 383; P.A. 84-546, S. 47, 173; P.A. 97-72, S. 2.)

History: 1971 act substituted “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner, for “boating commission” and “commission”; P.A. 84-546 made technical change, substituting reference to Subsec. (b) for reference to Subsec. (c) of Sec. 15-139; P.A. 97-72 amended time period re written permission from 15 days in advance to 30 days in advance, applied permission provision to events held by agreement between the United States Coast Guard and commissioner on federal waters, deleted requirement that person conducting event conspicuously display warning flags and substituted provision allowing the commissioner to require display of warning flags, warning buoys or warning signs, and substituted “warning devices” for existing references to “warning flags”.

Sec. 15-140c. Abandonment of vessel. (a) No person shall abandon any vessel on the waters of this state or upon property other than his own without the consent of the owner thereof. For the purposes of this section, a vessel shall be presumed to be abandoned if left on the waters of this state not moored, anchored or made fast to the shore and unattended for a period greater than twenty-four hours, or left upon property other than his own without the consent of said property owner for a period greater than twenty-four hours. The last owner of record of a vessel at the time it was abandoned shall be presumed to be the person who abandoned the same or caused or procured its abandonment.

(b) Any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter upon discovery of any vessel apparently abandoned, whether situated on or out of the waters of the state, may take such vessel into his custody and may cause the same to be taken to and stored in a suitable place. There shall be no liability attached to such officer for any damages to such vessel while in his custody. All charges necessarily incurred by such officer in the performance of such duty shall be a lien upon such vessel. The owner or keeper of any marina or other place where such vessel is stored shall have a lien upon the same for his storage charges and if such vessel has been stored for a period of not less than sixty days, such owner or keeper may sell the same for storage charges owed thereon, provided a notice of intent to sell shall be sent to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, the Commissioner of Transportation and the owner of such vessel, if known, five days before the sale of such vessel. If the owner is unknown, such sale shall be advertised in a newspaper published or having a circulation in the town where such marina or other place is located three times, commencing at least five days before the sale. The proceeds of such sale, after deducting the amount due such marina owner or keeper and all expenses of the officer who placed such vessel in storage, shall be paid to the owner of such vessel or his legal representatives, if claimed by him or them at any time within one year from the date of such sale. If such balance is not claimed within said period, it shall escheat to the state.

(P.A. 73-257, S. 22, 27; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140d. Obstruction to navigation or public use of waters prohibited. Remedies. No person shall place or cause to be placed any marker, raft, dockslip, ski jump or similar structure upon the state’s waters so as to create an obstruction or menace to navigation or a hindrance to the public use of such waters. If the Commissioner of Transportation determines that any such structure constitutes a hazard in tidal waters, he may order the owner to dismantle or remove the structure or to take other measures to eliminate the danger. If the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection determines that any such structure constitutes such a hazard in the state’s waters other than tidal waters, he may order the owner to dismantle or remove the structure or to take other measures to eliminate the danger.

(P.A. 73-257, S. 23, 27; P.A. 74-338, S. 27, 94; P.A. 75-455, S. 1, 2; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 74-338 replaced commissioner of environmental protection with commissioner of transportation; P.A. 75-455 made fifteen-day deadline applicable to filing rather than to mailing of forms; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140e. Safe boating certificate. (a) No resident of the state, person owning real property in the state or person owning a vessel in the state shall operate on the waters of the state a vessel which is required to be registered or numbered pursuant to this chapter unless such person has a valid vessel operator license issued by the United States Coast Guard or has obtained a safe boating certificate issued by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. No owner of a vessel shall knowingly authorize or permit a person who is less than sixteen years of age who is required by this section to obtain a safe boating certificate issued by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to operate such vessel on the waters of the state without a safe boating certificate, unless such person is under the direct onboard supervision of a person who is at least eighteen years of age who has been issued a safe boating certificate and who has held such certificate for at least two years. A safe boating certificate may be suspended or revoked, pursuant to section 15-132a, 15-133, 15-140l or 15-140n, and shall be valid for the life of the person to whom it is issued unless otherwise suspended or revoked.

(b) A safe boating certificate shall be issued under subsection (a) of this section to any applicant regardless of age who provides proof that such applicant has: (1) Successfully completed a course in safe boating operation approved by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, which courses may include those offered by the United States Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary or other organizations, or (2) successfully passed an equivalency examination testing knowledge of safe boating operation administered by the commissioner.

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, any person who purchases a new or used vessel may, upon vessel registration, apply to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for a temporary safe boating certificate which shall be valid for three months from the date of registration. No person shall be issued more than one temporary safe boating certificate.

(d) Any person operating a vessel other than a personal watercraft, as defined in section 15-140j, which is rented for a period of fourteen days or less from a boat livery need not obtain a certificate during the rental period. An owner, agent or employee of a boat livery shall furnish to each rental customer literature on safety and rules of navigation as supplied by the commissioner.

(e) Any person enrolled in a course in safe boating operation approved by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may operate a vessel without a safe boating certificate when under the direct onboard supervision of a boating instructor holding a valid instructor number issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

(f) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than sixty or more than two hundred fifty dollars for each such violation.

(g) Any course in safe boating operation approved by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, as described in subsection (b) of this section, shall include instruction on the proper means of: (1) Inspecting a vessel and trailers used for transporting such vessels for the presence of vegetation and aquatic invasive species, as determined by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (a) of section 15-180; and (2) properly disposing of such vegetation and such aquatic invasive species.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 1; P.A. 90-274, S. 7, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 11, 18; P.A. 93-238, S. 2, 6; P.A. 95-145, S. 2, 3; P.A. 03-136, S. 5; 03-244, S. 8; P.A. 08-26, S. 4; P.A. 09-140, S. 6; P.A. 11-80, S. 1; P.A. 12-167, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 90-274 in Subsec. (a) changed effective date from the effective date of the regulations to on or after January 1, 1992, and clarified that the section applies to a vessel powered by a motor in excess of 25 horsepower or a sailboat 19.5 feet or more in length, in Subsec. (b) changed effective date from January 1, 1991, to January 1, 1992, in Subsec. (c) changed effective date from on or after January 1, 1991, to period from January 1, 1992, to September 30, 1993, and added new Subsec. (d) requiring applicants to complete a course in safe boat operation and relettering the remaining Subsec.; P.A. 91-408 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “certificate of boating operation” with “safe boating certificate”, providing that the certificate be issued by the commissioner of motor vehicles, deleting the provision limiting applicability to the operation of a vessel powered by a motor in excess of twenty-five horsepower or a sailboat 19.5 feet or more in length, replacing the effective date of on and after January 1, 1992, with a staggered schedule commencing October 1, 1992, based on the ascending age of the operator, authorizing the commissioner to issue a certificate to a person who has successfully completed a course in safe boating operation prior to his examination date, and providing that the certificate is nonrevocable, amended Subsec. (b) by providing in Subdiv. (1) that the course may include those offered by the United States Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary or other organizations, providing in Subdiv. (2) that the examination be administered by the department of motor vehicles, replacing in Subdiv. (3) “a registered or numbered vessel during any period in the five years preceding January 1, 1992” with “a vessel which was registered or numbered pursuant to this chapter in his name as an individual during any period in the five years preceding October 1, 1992”, adding Subdiv. (5) re membership in the United States Power Squadron or United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and adding provision prohibiting the issuance of a certificate pursuant to Subdivs. (3) and (5) on and after October 1, 1997, amended Subsec. (c) by replacing provisions requiring an applicant to pass an examination or complete a safe boating course with provisions authorizing the issuance of a temporary certificate to a person who purchases a new or used vessel after July 11, 1991, amended Subsec. (d) by replacing provision prohibiting issuance of certificate on and after October 1, 1993, unless the applicant has completed a safe boating course with provision exempting operators of rented vessels from certificate requirement and requiring persons or organizations engaged in the commercial rental of vessels to furnish customers boating safety literature, and amended Subsec. (e) by decreasing the minimum fine from $100 to $60 and the maximum fine from $500 to $200; P.A. 93-238 transferred authority to issue safe boating certificates from the commissioner of motor vehicles to the commissioner of environmental protection and amended Subsec. (c) to specify that no person may be issued more than one temporary certificate, effective June 23, 1993; P.A. 95-145 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to exempt holders of Coast Guard vessel operator’s license from requirements of this section; P.A. 03-136 added Subsec. (f) re instruction on inspection for and disposal of vegetation, effective June 26, 2003; P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (a) to provide for suspension or revocation of a safe boating certificate; P.A. 08-26 made technical changes throughout, added prohibition re authorizing or permitting person less than 16 years of age to operate vessel in Subsec. (a), changed certificate validity period from 6 to 3 months in Subsec. (c), added provisions re boat livery in Subsec. (d), added new Subsec. (e) re operation of vessel by persons under supervision of boating instructor and redesignated existing Subsecs. (e) and (f) as new Subsecs. (f) and (g); P.A. 09-140 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” and “Department of Environmental Protection” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” and “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-167 amended Subsec. (g) to add requirement that course in safe boating operation include instruction on the proper means of inspecting a vessel and trailer for the presence of aquatic invasive species and disposing of such aquatic invasive species, effective July 1, 2012.

See Sec. 15-180 re transporting vessels or trailers without inspecting for properly removing and disposing of vegetation.

Sec. 15-140f. Courses in safe boating operation. Regulations. Reciprocity. (a) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall formulate courses in safe boating operation.

(b) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, setting forth the content of safe boating operation courses. Such regulations may include provisions for examinations, issuance of safe boating certificates and establishment of reasonable fees for the course and examination and for issuing certificates, temporary certificates and duplicate certificates.

(c) No person shall teach a course in safe boating operation that satisfies the requirements for issuance of a safe boating certificate if the commissioner has not approved such course.

(d) No Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee or agent shall use Department of Energy and Environmental Protection safe boating course materials for personal gain.

(e) Any person who holds a certificate from another state that has a reciprocal agreement with the commissioner may operate a vessel on the waters of this state.

(f) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than sixty dollars or more than two hundred fifty dollars for each violation.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 2, 27; P.A. 91-408, S. 12, 18; P.A. 00-152, S. 4; P.A. 01-105, S. 10; P.A. 08-26, S. 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 476; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 91-408 amended Subsec. (b) to replace “certificates of boating operation” with “safe boating certificates” and authorize the regulations to include provisions for the establishment of a fee for the issuance of a temporary certificate, and added Subsec. (c) re reciprocity; (Revisor’s note: In 1997 a reference in Subsec. (b) to “Boating Fund” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “boating account” to conform section to Sec. 15-155); P.A. 00-152 amended Subsec. (c) by deleting language authorizing department to enter into reciprocal agreements and language re successfully completing safe boating course; P.A. 01-105 made technical changes; P.A. 08-26 added new Subsec. (c) requiring commissioner’s course approval, Subsec. (d) prohibiting use of department materials for personal gain and Subsec. (f) re penalty for violation and redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (e); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b) to delete provision re fees collected pursuant to regulations shall be deposited in boating account established pursuant to Sec. 15-155; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” and “Department of Environmental Protection” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” and “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140g. Safe boating certificate to be carried on board vessel. Penalty. (a) Any person required to obtain a safe boating certificate pursuant to section 15-140e shall have such certificate on board at all times while operating a vessel. On demand of an officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter, such person shall exhibit the certificate to the officer.

(b) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than sixty dollars or more than two hundred fifty dollars for each violation.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 3; P.A. 90-274, S. 8, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 13, 18; P.A. 07-217, S. 58.)

History: P.A. 90-274 in Subsec. (a) changed effective date from January 1, 1991, to January 1, 1992, and specified that the section applies to a vessel which is powered by a motor in excess of 25 horsepower or a sailboat 19.5 feet or more in length; P.A. 91-408 replaced provision requiring residents and persons owning real property in this state who operate specified vessels on or after January 1, 1992, to have on board a certificate of boating operation with provision requiring any person required to obtain a safe boating certificate pursuant to Sec. 15-140e to have such certificate on board at all times while operating a vessel, and replaced the penalty of an infraction with a fine of not less than $60 nor more than $250; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 12, 2007.

Sec. 15-140h. Operation of vessel by person less than twelve years of age. No person less than twelve years of age shall operate a motor powered vessel exceeding ten horsepower unless accompanied on board by person at least eighteen years of age who has been issued a safe boating certificate.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 4; P.A. 91-408, S. 14, 18.)

History: P.A. 91-408 limited prohibition to motor powered vessel “exceeding ten horsepower”, replaced “person more than eighteen years of age” with “person at least eighteen years of age” and replaced “certificate of boating operation” with “safe boating certificate”.

Sec. 15-140i. Suspension of certificate of boating operation. Regulations. Section 15-140i is repealed.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 5; P.A. 91-408, S. 17, 18.)

Sec. 15-140j. Certificate of personal watercraft operation. Operation of personal watercraft with passengers. Regulations. (a) As used in this section, “personal watercraft” is any inboard powered vessel less than sixteen feet in length which has an internal combustion engine powering a water-jet pump as its primary source of motor propulsion and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel, rather than the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.

(b) No person shall operate a personal watercraft unless such person has been issued a certificate of personal watercraft operation by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. No owner of a personal watercraft shall knowingly authorize or permit a person who is less than sixteen years of age who does not have a certificate of personal watercraft operation issued by the commissioner to operate such personal watercraft on the waters of the state. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the commissioner may modify or suspend requirements for a certificate of personal watercraft operation by written authorization with respect to any marine event authorized by the commissioner or upon receipt of a copy of the United States Coast Guard authorization for a marine event.

(c) A certificate of personal watercraft operation shall be issued under subsection (b) of this section to any applicant who provides proof that such applicant has: (1) Successfully completed a combined course in safe boating operation and safe personal watercraft handling approved by the commissioner, which courses include, but are not limited to, courses offered by the United States Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary or other similar organization, (2) been issued or has satisfied the requirements for issuance of a safe boating certificate and successfully completed a course in safe personal watercraft handling approved by the commissioner, which include, but are not limited to, courses offered by the United States Power Squadrons, Coast Guard Auxiliary or other similar organization, or (3) successfully passed an equivalency examination testing knowledge of safe boating operation and safe personal watercraft handling administered by the commissioner.

(d) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing the content of courses in safe personal watercraft handling. Such regulations may include provisions for examinations, issuance of certificates of personal watercraft operation and establishment of a reasonable fee for such course and examination and for the issuance of a certificate and duplicate certificate.

(e) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, any person who purchases a new or used personal watercraft may, upon vessel registration, apply to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection for a temporary certificate of personal watercraft operation which shall be valid for three months from the date of registration, provided the applicant has successfully completed a course in safe personal watercraft handling prior to application for the temporary certificate. No person shall be issued more than one temporary certificate of personal watercraft operation.

(f) The commissioner may enter into a reciprocal agreement with any other state which has a similar safe personal watercraft handling certificate program which the commissioner deems acceptable for purposes of this subsection. Any person who successfully completes a course in safe personal watercraft handling and holds a certificate or license from another state which has such a reciprocal agreement with the commissioner may operate a personal watercraft on the waters of this state.

(g) Any person required to obtain a certificate of personal watercraft operation pursuant to this section shall have such certificate on board at all times while operating a personal watercraft. On demand of an officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter, such person shall exhibit the certificate to the officer.

(h) No passenger shall be permitted to ride in front of the operator on a personal watercraft. No passenger shall be permitted to ride upon a personal watercraft unless the passenger is able to securely hold onto the person in front of them or to the handholds on the personal watercraft, and is able to keep both feet on the deck of the personal watercraft so as to maintain balance while the personal watercraft is in operation.

(i) No person shall teach a course in safe personal watercraft handling that satisfies the requirements for issuance of a certificate of personal watercraft operation unless the commissioner has approved such course.

(j) No Department of Energy and Environmental Protection agent or employee shall use department safe personal watercraft handling course materials for personal financial gain.

(k) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than sixty dollars or more than two hundred fifty dollars for each such violation.

(l) A certificate of personal watercraft operation may be suspended or revoked in accordance with the provisions of section 15-132a, 15-133, 15-140l or 15-140n.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 6; P.A. 90-274, S. 10, 14; P.A. 91-408, S. 15, 18; P.A. 93-238, S. 3, 6; P.A. 94-110, S. 4, 5; P.A. 95-145, S. 1, 3; P.A. 97-72, S. 1, 4; P.A. 03-244, S. 12; P.A. 06-76, S. 1; 06-196, S. 228; P.A. 08-26, S. 6; P.A. 09-140, S. 7; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 477; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 90-274 in Subsec. (b) changed effective date from January 1, 1991, to January 1, 1992; P.A. 91-408 amended Subsec. (b) to change effective date from January 1, 1992, to October 1, 1992, and provide that the certificate is issued by the department of motor vehicles, amended Subsec. (c) to authorize the regulations to include provisions for examinations, the issuance of certificates of personal watercraft operation and the establishment of a fee for such examination, and amended Subsec. (d) to delete the requirement that the violation be done “wilfully”, decrease the minimum fine from $100 to $60 and increase the maximum fine from $200 to $250; P.A. 93-238 transferred authority to issue certificates under this section from the commissioner of motor vehicles to the commissioner of environmental protection, effective June 23, 1993; P.A. 94-110 amended Subsec. (a) to specify that personal watercraft are powered vessels less than 16 feet long and to distinguish their operation from the conventional manner of vessel operation, amended Subsec. (b) to provide for modification or suspension of certification requirements in certain circumstances, added a new Subsec. (d) re temporary certificates and relettered the former Subsec. (d) accordingly, effective May 20, 1994; P.A. 95-145 inserted new Subsec. (e) re the carrying of the certificate on board the craft and relettered former Subsec. (e) as (f), effective June 28, 1995 (Revisor’s note: A reference in Subsec. (c) to “Boating Fund” was replaced editorially by the Revisors with “boating account” to conform section with Sec. 15-155); P.A. 97-72 inserted new Subsec. (e) re reciprocal agreements with other states for certification of personal watercraft operators and relettered existing Subsecs. (e) and (f) as (f) and (g), respectively, effective May 27, 1997; P.A. 03-244 added Subsec. (h) re suspension or revocation of certificate; P.A. 06-76 added new Subsec. (g) re operation of personal watercraft with passenger, redesignating existing Subsecs. (g) and (h) as Subsecs. (h) and (i), respectively; P.A. 06-196 made a technical change in Subsec. (h), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 08-26 amended Subsec. (b) to add prohibition re authorizing or permitting person less than 16 years of age who does not have certificate of personal watercraft operation to operate personal watercraft, added new Subsec. (c) re conditions for issuance of such certificate, Subsec. (i) requiring commissioner’s course approval and Subsec. (j) prohibiting use of department course materials for personal financial gain, redesignated existing Subsecs. (c) to (g), (h) and (i) as new Subsecs. (d) to (h), (k) and (l), respectively, changed temporary certificate validity period from 6 to 3 months in redesignated Subsec. (e), and made technical changes; P.A. 09-140 amended Subsec. (1) by adding reference to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (d) to delete provision re fees collected pursuant to regulations shall be deposited in boating account established pursuant to Sec. 15-155; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” and “Department of Environmental Protection” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” and “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, respectively, in Subsecs. (b), (e) and (j), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140k. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree when he operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to result in (1) death or serious physical injury to another person or (2) damage to property in excess of one thousand dollars.

(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 11, 27.)

Sec. 15-140l. Reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence when, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content, such person operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to result in (1) serious physical injury to another person, or (2) damage to property in excess of two thousand dollars.

(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the first degree while under the influence shall be fined not less than two thousand five hundred dollars or more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both, and such person’s safe boating certificate, certificate of personal watercraft operation or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate shall be suspended by the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of section 15-133.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 12, 27; P.A. 03-244, S. 2; P.A. 04-257, S. 25; P.A. 09-140, S. 2; P.A. 10-32, S. 158; P.A. 11-74, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (a) to include the offense of operating a vessel with an elevated blood alcohol level, make technical changes and increase the property damage amount from $1,000 to $2,000 and amended Subsec. (b) to increase the minimum fine from $500 to $2,500, the maximum fine from $1,000 to $5,000 and the maximum imprisonment period from one year to two years; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 09-140 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by removing element of death of another person, effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 10-32 amended Subsec. (a) to delete “level” re blood alcohol content, effective May 10, 2010; P.A. 11-74 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision re suspension of safe boating certificate, certificate of personal watercraft operation or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate, effective July 1, 2011.

See Sec. 15-132a re manslaughter in the second degree with a vessel.

Sec. 15-140m. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree when he (1) operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to endanger the life, limb or property of another person, (2) operates or, as owner, permits the operation of a vessel loaded with passengers or cargo beyond its safe carrying capacity, having regard for weather and other operating conditions, (3) operates or, as owner, permits the operation of a vessel loaded or powered in excess of the maximum capacity information stated on the United States Coast Guard capacity information label or the capacity information label of the manufacturer affixed to such vessel, or (4) operates or, as owner, permits the operation of a vessel the capacity information label of which has been altered, defaced or removed.

(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 13, 27.)

Sec. 15-140n. Reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. (a) A person commits the offense of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence when, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content, such person operates a vessel at such speed or maneuvers a vessel in such a manner as to endanger the life, limb or property of another person.

(b) Any person guilty of reckless operation of a vessel in the second degree while under the influence shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars or more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than six months, or both, and such person’s safe boating certificate, certificate of personal watercraft operation or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate shall be suspended by the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of section 15-133.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 14, 27; P.A. 03-244, S. 3; P.A. 04-257, S. 26; P.A. 10-32, S. 159; P.A. 11-74, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (a) to include operation of a vessel with an elevated blood alcohol level and make a technical change and amended Susec. (b) to increase the minimum fine from $250 to $500 and the maximum fine from $500 to $1,000; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 10-32 amended Subsec. (a) to delete “level” re blood alcohol content, effective May 10, 2010; P.A. 11-74 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision re suspension of safe boating certificate, certificate of personal watercraft operation or right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140o. Seizure of vessel. (a) Any peace officer authorized to enforce the provisions of sections 15-129, 15-133, 15-133b, 15-133c, 15-140e to 15-140u, inclusive, 15-154 and 15-156 who arrests an operator for a violation of section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133 or section 15-140k, 15-140l, 15-140m or 15-140n may take the vessel operated in such violation into such peace officer’s custody and shall cause the vessel to be taken to and stored in a suitable place. There shall be no liability attached to such peace officer for any damages to such vessel while in such peace officer’s custody. All charges necessarily incurred by such peace officer in the performance of such duty shall be a lien upon such vessel. The owner or keeper of any marina or other place where such vessel is stored shall have a lien upon the vessel for the storage charges and if such vessel has been stored for a period of not less than sixty days, such owner or keeper may sell the vessel for storage charges owed thereon, provided a notice of intent to sell shall be sent to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, and the owner of such vessel, if known, five days before the sale of such vessel. If the owner is unknown, such sale shall be advertised by such marina owner or keeper in a newspaper published or having a circulation in the town where such marina or other place is located three times, commencing at least five days before the sale. The proceeds of such sale, after deducting the amount due such marina owner or keeper and all expenses of the peace officer who placed such vessel in storage, shall be paid to the owner of such vessel or such owner’s legal representatives, if claimed by such owner or owners at any time within one year from the date of such sale. If such balance is not claimed within said period, it shall escheat to the state.

(b) Any vessel that is operated by a person who is arrested for a violation of section 15-140n, in connection with such operation, or for a violation of section 15-132a or 15-140l, after being involved in a boating accident, may be impounded for a minimum of forty-eight hours after the arrest. Any vessel involved in a boating accident that results in death, serious physical injury, a missing person or property damage in excess of two thousand dollars may be seized for the collection of evidence and held until the investigation of the boating accident or any related court proceedings are concluded. Any trailer utilized by the operator to transport such vessel may also be impounded to facilitate transport and handling of such vessel.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 15, 27; P.A. 91-408, S. 7; P.A. 03-244, S. 4; P.A. 09-140, S. 8; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 91-408 amended Subsec. (a) to include a violation of “subsection (d) of section 15-133”; P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (a) to include references to peace officer and make technical changes and amended Subsec. (b) to provide for the seizure of a vessel for a minimum of 48 hours, to include such seizure when the operator is arrested for operating the vessel while intoxicated, to add provisions re seizure if the vessel is involved in an accident resulting in death, serious physical injury, missing person or property damage in excess of $2,000 and re impounding of trailer and to make conforming and technical changes; P.A. 09-140 made technical changes in Subsec. (a) and amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by adding references to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140p. Fines deposited in Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. Any fine imposed for a violation of section 15-132a, subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 15-140k or subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 15-140l shall be deposited in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund established pursuant to section 54-215.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 17, 27; P.A. 96-180, S. 151, 166; P.A. 09-140, S. 9.)

History: P.A. 96-180 changed “account” to “fund”, effective June 3, 1996; P.A. 09-140 added reference to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009.

Sec. 15-140q. Consent for chemical analysis. Suspension of safe boating certificate. Procedures. Hearing on suspension. Penalties for conviction. Elevated blood alcohol content defined. Regulations. (a) Any person who operates a vessel in this state shall be deemed to have consented to a chemical analysis of such person’s blood, breath or urine, and if such person is a minor, such person’s parent or parents or guardian shall also be deemed to have given their consent for such an analysis of the minor’s blood, breath or urine.

(b) If any such person, having been placed under arrest for: (1) Violating subsection (b) of section 53-206d; (2) operating a vessel upon the waters of this state while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both; (3) operating a vessel upon the waters of this state while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content, and thereafter, after being apprised of such person’s constitutional rights, having been requested to submit to a blood, breath or urine test at the option of the police officer, having been afforded a reasonable opportunity to telephone an attorney prior to the performance of such test and having been informed that such person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation issued by the commissioner as a condition of operating a vessel shall be suspended in accordance with the provisions of this section if such person refuses to submit to such test or if such person submits to such test and the results of such test indicate that such person has an elevated blood alcohol content and that evidence of any such refusal shall be admissible in accordance with subsection (d) of section 15-140r, and may be used against such person in any criminal prosecution, refuses to submit to the designated test, the test shall not be given; provided, if such person refuses or is unable to submit to a blood test, the peace officer shall designate the breath or urine test as the test to be taken. The peace officer shall make a notation upon the records of the police department that such officer informed such person that such person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation would be suspended if such person refused to submit to such test or if such person submitted to such test and the results of such test indicated that such person has an elevated blood alcohol content.

(c) If the person arrested refuses to submit to such test or analysis, or submits to such test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicate that at the time of the alleged offense such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, the peace officer shall immediately revoke the safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation, if any, of such person for a twenty-four-hour period. The peace officer shall prepare a written report of the incident and shall mail the report, together with any certificate taken into possession and a copy of the results of any chemical test or analysis, to the commissioner within three business days. The report shall be made on a form approved by the commissioner and shall be subscribed and sworn to under penalty of false statement as provided in section 53a-157b by the peace officer before whom such refusal was made or who administered or caused to be administered such test or analysis. If the person arrested refused to submit to such test or analysis, the report shall be endorsed by a third person who witnessed such refusal. The report shall set forth the grounds for the officer’s belief that there was probable cause to arrest such person for operating such vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, or while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content and shall state that such person refused to submit to such test or analysis when requested by such peace officer or that such person submitted to such test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that such person at the time of the alleged offense had an elevated blood alcohol content.

(d) If the person arrested submits to a blood or urine test at the request of the peace officer, and the specimen requires laboratory analysis in order to obtain the test results, and if the test results indicate that such person has an elevated blood alcohol content, the peace officer, immediately upon receipt of the test results, shall notify and submit to the commissioner the written report required pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

(e) Upon receipt of such report, the commissioner shall suspend the safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation of such person effective as of a date certain, such date shall be no later than thirty-five days after the date such person received notice of such person’s arrest by the peace officer. Any person whose safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation is suspended in accordance with this subsection shall be entitled to a hearing before the commissioner to be held prior to the effective date of the suspension. The commissioner shall send a suspension notice to such person informing such person that such person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation is suspended and shall specify the date of such suspension and that such person is entitled to a hearing prior to the effective date of the suspension and may schedule such hearing by contacting the commissioner not later than seven days after the date of mailing of such suspension notice.

(f) If such person does not contact the department to schedule a hearing, the commissioner shall affirm the suspension contained in the suspension notice for the appropriate period specified in subsection (i) of this section.

(g) If such person contacts the department to schedule a hearing, the commissioner shall assign a date, time and place for the hearing, which date shall be prior to the effective date of the suspension. At the request of such person and upon a showing of good cause, the commissioner may grant one continuance for a period not to exceed thirty days. The hearing shall be limited to a determination of the following issues: (1) Whether the peace officer had probable cause to arrest the person for operating the vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, or both, or while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content; (2) whether such person was placed under arrest; (3) whether such person (A) refused to submit to such test or analysis, or (B) submitted to such test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that at the time of the alleged offense that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content; and (4) whether such person was operating the vessel. At the hearing, the results of the test or analysis shall be sufficient to indicate the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person at the time of operation, except that if the results of an additional test, administered pursuant to section 15-140r, indicate that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person is eight-hundredths of one per cent or less of alcohol, by weight, and is higher than the results of the first test, evidence shall be presented that demonstrates that the test results and analysis thereof accurately indicate the blood alcohol content at the time of operation. The fees of any witness summoned to appear at the hearing shall be the same as provided in section 52-260.

(h) If, after such hearing, the commissioner finds on any one of said issues in the negative, the commissioner shall stay the safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation suspension. If, after such hearing, the commissioner does not find on any one of said issues in the negative or if such person fails to appear at such hearing, the commissioner shall affirm the suspension contained in the suspension notice for the appropriate period specified in subsection (i) of this section. The commissioner shall render a decision at the conclusion of such hearing or send a notice of the decision by certified mail to such person not later than thirty-five days from the date of notice of such person’s arrest by the peace officer or, if a continuance is granted, not later than sixty-five days from the date such person received notice of such person’s arrest by the peace officer. The notice of such decision sent by certified mail to the address of such person as shown by the records of the commissioner shall be sufficient notice to such person that such person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation is suspended or the suspension is stayed. Unless a continuance of the hearing is granted pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, if the commissioner fails to render a decision within thirty-five days from the date that such person received notice of such person’s arrest by the peace officer, the commissioner shall not suspend such person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation.

(i) The commissioner shall suspend the operator’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation of a person who does not contact the department to schedule a hearing under subsection (e) of this section, who fails to appear at such hearing, or against whom, after a hearing, the commissioner holds pursuant to subsection (g) of this section. Such suspension shall be as of the effective date contained in the suspension notice or the date the commissioner renders a decision, whichever is later, for a period of: (1) (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, ninety days if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that at the time of the alleged offense that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, or (B) one hundred twenty days if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was sixteen-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, or (C) six months if such person refused to submit to such test or analysis; (2) if such person has previously had such person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation suspended under this section, (A) except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, nine months if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that at the time of the alleged offense that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, (B) ten months if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was sixteen-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, and (C) one year if such person refused to submit to such test or analysis; and (3) if such person has two or more times previously had such person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation suspended under this section, (A) except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, two years if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that at the time of the alleged offense that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, (B) two and one-half years if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was sixteen-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, and (C) three years if such person refused to submit to such test or analysis.

(j) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (b) to (i), inclusive, of this section, any peace officer who obtains the results of a chemical analysis of a blood sample taken from an operator of a vessel involved in an accident who suffered or allegedly suffered physical injury in such accident shall notify the commissioner and submit to the commissioner a written report if such results indicate that at the time of the alleged offense such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, and if such person was arrested for a violation of section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133 or section 15-140l or 15-140n in connection with such accident. The report shall be made on a form approved by the commissioner containing such information as the commissioner prescribes and shall be subscribed and sworn under penalty of false statement, as provided in section 53a-157b, by the peace officer. The commissioner shall, after notice and an opportunity for hearing, which shall be conducted in accordance with chapter 54, suspend the safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel that requires a safe boating certificate for operation or certificate of personal watercraft operation of such person for a period of up to ninety days, or, if such person has previously had such person’s operating privilege suspended under this section, for a period up to one year. Each hearing conducted under this section shall be limited to a determination of the following issues: (1) Whether the peace officer had probable cause to arrest the person for operating a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, or both, or while such person has an elevated blood alcohol content; (2) whether such person was placed under arrest; (3) whether such person was operating the vessel; (4) whether the results of the analysis of the blood of such person indicate that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content; and (5) whether the blood sample was obtained in accordance with conditions for admissibility as set forth in section 15-140s. If, after such hearing, the commissioner finds on any issue in the negative, the commissioner shall not impose a suspension. The fees of any witness summoned to appear at the hearing shall be the same as provided by the general statutes for witnesses in criminal cases.

(k) The provisions of this section shall apply with the same effect to the refusal by any person to submit to an additional chemical test as provided in subdivision (5) of subsection (a) of section 15-140r.

(l) The provisions of this section do not apply to any person whose physical condition is such that, according to competent medical advice, such test would be inadvisable.

(m) The state shall pay the reasonable charges of any physician who, at the request of a municipal police department, takes a blood sample for purposes of a test under the provisions of this section.

(n) For the purposes of this section, “elevated blood alcohol content” means: (1) A ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is eight-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, or (2) if such person is under twenty-one years of age, a ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person that is two-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight.

(o) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 19, 27; P.A. 00-142, S. 4; P.A. 03-244, S. 5; P.A. 09-140, S. 10; P.A. 10-124, S. 1, 2; P.A. 11-59, S. 1; 11-74, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 00-142 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to violation of Sec. 53-206d(b); P.A. 03-244 added new Subsec. (a) re consent to blood, breath or urine test, redesignated existing Subsec. (a) as new Subsec. (b) and amended same by adding provisions re operating vessel while having elevated blood alcohol content, re suspension of certificate and re duties of peace officer and by making conforming and technical changes, deleted former Subsecs. (b) and (c) re physical condition of person and payment of charges, and added new Subsecs. (c) to (o), inclusive, re refusal to submit to testing, suspension procedures, hearings, reports of peace officers, application of section, payment of charges, definition of “elevated blood alcohol content” and adoption of regulations; P.A. 09-140 amended Subsec. (j) by adding reference to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 10-124 amended Subsecs. (c) and (g) to delete provisions re test or analysis commenced within 2 hours of the time of operation, effective May 27, 2010; P.A. 11-59 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-74 amended Subsec. (j)(5) by replacing reference to Sec. 15-140r(b) with reference to Sec. 15-140s, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140r. Evidence of alcohol or drugs in blood or urine. (a) Except as provided in section 15-140s or subsection (d) of this section, in any criminal prosecution for the violation of section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133, section 15-140l or 15-140n or subsection (b) of section 53-206d, evidence respecting the amount of alcohol or drug in the defendant’s blood or urine at the time of the alleged offense, as shown by a chemical analysis of the defendant’s breath, blood or urine shall be admissible and competent provided: (1) The defendant was afforded a reasonable opportunity to telephone an attorney prior to the performance of the test and consented to the taking of the test upon which such analysis is made; (2) a true copy of the report of the test result was mailed to or personally delivered to the defendant within twenty-four hours or by the end of the next regular business day, after such result was known, whichever is later; (3) the test was performed by or at the direction of a certified law enforcement officer according to methods and with equipment approved by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and if a blood test was performed, it was performed on a blood sample taken by a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state, a qualified laboratory technician, an emergency medical technician II or a registered nurse in accordance with the regulations adopted under subsection (b) of this section; (4) the device used for such test was checked for accuracy in accordance with the regulations adopted under subsection (b) of this section; (5) an additional chemical test of the same type was performed at least ten minutes after the initial test was performed or, if requested by the peace officer for reasonable cause, an additional chemical test of a different type was performed to detect the presence of a drug or drugs other than or in addition to alcohol, except that the results of the initial test shall not be inadmissible under this subsection if reasonable efforts were made to have such additional test performed in accordance with the conditions set forth in this subsection and such additional test was not performed or was not performed within a reasonable time, or the results of such additional test are not admissible for failure to meet a condition set forth in this subsection; and (6) evidence is presented that the test was commenced within two hours of operation of the vessel or expert testimony establishes the reliability of a test commenced beyond two hours of operation of the vessel. In any prosecution under this section, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that the results of such chemical analysis establish the ratio of alcohol in the blood of the defendant at the time of the alleged offense, except that if the results of the additional test indicate that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such defendant is ten-hundredths of one per cent or less of alcohol, by weight, and is higher than the results of the first test, evidence shall be presented that demonstrates that the test results and the analysis thereof accurately indicate the blood alcohol content at the time of the alleged offense.

(b) The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall ascertain the reliability of each method and type of device offered for chemical testing and analysis of blood, of breath and of urine and certify those methods and types which the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection finds suitable for use in testing and analysis of blood, breath and urine, respectively, in this state. The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, after consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, governing the conduct of chemical tests, the operation and use of chemical test devices and the training and certification of operators of such devices and the drawing or obtaining of blood, breath or urine samples as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection finds necessary to protect the health and safety of persons who submit to chemical tests and to insure reasonable accuracy in testing results. Such regulations shall not require recertification of a peace officer solely because such officer terminates such officer’s employment with the law enforcement agency for which certification was originally issued and commences employment with another such agency.

(c) If a person is charged with a violation of section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133 or section 15-140l or 15-140n, the charge may not be reduced, nolled or dismissed unless the prosecuting authority states in open court such prosecutor’s reasons for the reduction, nolle or dismissal.

(d) In any criminal prosecution for a violation of section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133 or section 15-140l or 15-140n, evidence that the defendant refused to submit to a blood, breath or urine test requested in accordance with section 15-140q shall be admissible provided the requirements of subsection (a) of said section have been satisfied. If a case involving a violation of section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133 or section 15-140l or 15-140n is tried to a jury, the court shall instruct the jury as to any inference that may or may not be drawn from the defendant’s refusal to submit to a blood, breath or urine test.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 20, 27; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 00-142, S. 5; P.A. 03-244, S. 6; P.A. 09-140, S. 11; P.A. 10-124, S. 3; P.A. 11-51, S. 134; 11-74, S. 4.)

History: P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 00-142 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to violation of Sec. 53-206d(b); P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (a) to add exception for provisions of Subsec. (d), to replace reference to Sec. 15-133(a) with reference to Sec. 15-133(d) and “law enforcement officer” with “certified law enforcement officer”, to delete provisions re Department of Public Health, to add references to Department of Public Safety and regulations adopted under Subsec. (b) and to add provisions re additional chemical test, testing commenced within two hours of operation and rebuttable presumption, amended Subsec. (b) to change reference from Commissioner of Public Health to Commissioner of Public Safety, to add provisions re regulations not to require recertification of a peace officer and to make conforming changes, made a technical change in Subsec. (c) and amended Subsec. (d) to add references to Secs. 15-140l and 15-140n; P.A. 09-140 amended Subsecs. (a) and (d) by adding references to Sec. 15-132a and made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 10-124 amended Subsec. (a)(6) by including provision that authorizes expert testimony to establish reliability of a test commenced beyond 2 hours of operation of the vessel, effective May 27, 2010; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Safety” and “Department of Public Safety” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection” and “Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-74 amended Subsec. (a) to include reference to Sec. 15-140s and, in Subdiv. (5), to change timing of additional chemical test from at least 30 minutes after initial test to at least 10 minutes after initial test, and amended Subsec. (c) to include references to Secs. 15-132a, 15-140l and 15-140n, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140s. Seizure and admissibility of chemical analysis of blood or urine sample of injured operator. Evidence respecting the amount of alcohol or drug in the blood or urine of an operator of a vessel involved in an accident who has suffered or allegedly suffered physical injury in such accident, which evidence is derived from a chemical analysis of a blood or urine sample taken from such person at the scene of the accident, while en route to a hospital or at a hospital after such accident, shall be competent evidence to establish probable cause for the arrest by warrant of such person for a violation of section 15-132a, 15-133, 15-140l, or 15-140n and shall be admissible and competent in any subsequent prosecution thereof if: (1) The blood or urine sample was taken in the regular course of business of the hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of such injury; (2) the blood sample was taken by a person licensed to practice medicine in this state, a qualified laboratory technician, an emergency technician II or a registered nurse; (3) a police officer has demonstrated to the satisfaction of a judge of the Superior Court that such officer has reason to believe that such person was operating a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug, or both, and that the chemical analysis of such blood or urine sample constitutes evidence of the commission of the offense of operating a vessel upon the waters of this state while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug, or both, in violation of section 15-132a, 15-133, 15-140l, or 15-140n; and (4) such judge has issued a search warrant in accordance with section 54-33a authorizing the seizure of the chemical analysis of such blood or urine sample.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 21, 27; P.A. 11-74, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 11-74 added references to urine sample and authority to take blood or urine sample at scene of the accident or while en route to a hospital, replaced reference to Sec. 15-133(d) with reference to Sec. 15-133 and included references to Secs. 15-132a, 15-140l and 15-140n, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140t. Immunity of person taking sample. A person qualified to withdraw blood or take a urine specimen or any hospital, laboratory or clinic employing or utilizing the services of such a person shall not incur any civil liability as a result of such activities if requested by a law enforcement officer acting in accordance with section 15-140q to withdraw blood or take a urine specimen, unless the actions of the person while performing such activities constitute gross negligence.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 22, 27.)

Sec. 15-140u. Blood sample of body of deceased person. As part of the investigation of any boating accident resulting in a fatality, the Chief Medical Examiner or a deputy medical examiner, an associate medical examiner or a pathologist appointed pursuant to section 19a-405, or an authorized assistant medical examiner, shall order that a blood sample be taken from the body of any person who dies as a result of such accident. Such blood samples shall be examined for the presence and concentration of alcohol by the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. To the extent provided by law, a blood or breath sample may also be obtained from any surviving operator of any vessel involved in such an accident. The blood samples obtained from the surviving operator shall be examined for the presence and concentration of alcohol and drugs by the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The results from the examination of such samples shall be forwarded to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. Nothing in this section or section 19a-406 shall be construed as requiring such medical examiner to perform an autopsy in connection with obtaining such blood samples.

(P.A. 89-388, S. 24, 27; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 99-218, S. 6, 16; P.A. 11-51, S. 134; 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 99-218 replaced the toxicological laboratory of the Department of Public Health with the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Public Safety and replaced the Department of Public Health with the Department of Public Safety, effective July 1, 1999; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Department of Public Safety” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-140v. Reinstatement of safe boating certificate, right to operate vessel or certificate of personal watercraft operation. Regulations. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, concerning the reinstatement of a person’s safe boating certificate, right to operate a vessel or certificate of personal watercraft operation.

(P.A. 03-244, S. 16; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

PART III*

NUMBERING AND REGISTRATION OF VESSELS

*Cited. 198 C. 168.

Cited (as Sec. 15-142 et seq.). 12 CA 417.

Sec. 15-141. Definitions. As used in this part, unless the context otherwise requires: “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection; “vessel” means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, exclusive of any such watercraft used primarily for purposes of transporting commercial cargo; “motorboat” means any watercraft fitted with propulsion machinery, whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion; “horsepower” means the rated brake horsepower of an engine at maximum operating revolutions per minute; “operate” means to navigate or otherwise use a vessel; “person” means any individual, partnership, firm, association, limited liability company, corporation or other entity; “owner” means a person, other than a lien holder, having property in or title to a vessel. The term includes a person entitled to 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; “marine dealer” means a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing new or used vessels; “marine engine manufacturer” means a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing marine engines; “marine engine” means an engine manufactured for use or used in vessels; “marine surveyor” means a person who is certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors or accredited by the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors and who is engaged in the business of inspection, survey or examination of vessels or associated equipment to assess, monitor and report on the condition of the vessel or associated equipment; “yacht broker” means a marine dealer, as defined in this section, who, for compensation or an expectation of compensation, sells or negotiates to sell or offers to sell, buys or offers to buy, solicits or obtains listings of or negotiates the purchase, sale or exchange of vessels, but who is not an owner of such vessels; “federal Boat Safety Act of 1971” means an Act of Congress approved August 10, 1971, Public Law 92-75; and “boat livery” means a business that is engaged in the commercial rental of vessels, including, but not limited to, personal watercraft.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 384; P.A. 73-257, S. 7, 27; P.A. 74-302, S. 1, 3; P.A. 81-423, S. 2, 25; P.A. 82-472, S. 47, 183; P.A. 94-188, S. 27; P.A. 95-79, S. 46, 189; P.A. 08-26, S. 7; P.A. 09-105, S. 1; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1971 act replaced definition of “commission” with definition of “commissioner”; P.A. 73-257 defined “Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971”; P.A. 74-302 redefined “marine dealer” to include repairers of boats; P.A. 81-423 added definition of “vessel” and substituted “vessel” for “motorboat” wherever appropriate; P.A. 82-472 made technical corrections; P.A. 94-188 added definitions of “marine engine manufacturer” and “marine engine”; P.A. 95-79 redefined “person” to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995; P.A. 08-26 added definition of “boat livery”; P.A. 09-105 redefined “marine dealer” and “marine engine manufacturer” and defined “yacht broker”, effective July 1, 2009; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-142. Vessel numbering requirements. Certain vessels required to display registration decals. (a) Every vessel used upon the waters of this state shall be numbered, except as otherwise provided in this section and section 15-143. For purposes of this section and said section 15-143, any launching, mooring or operation of a vessel upon the waters of this state shall be deemed to be a use of such vessel upon the waters of this state. No person shall launch, moor or operate and no owner shall permit the launching, mooring or operation of any vessel unless (1) the owner holds a valid, effective certificate of number awarded by this state or by the United States or by another state pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 and the identification number set forth in such certificate is displayed on each side of such vessel at the bow, (2) the owner holds a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, or (3) such vessel is otherwise not required to be numbered in this state under the provisions of said section 15-143.

(b) Each vessel with respect to which the owner holds a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, a valid certificate of number awarded by the United States pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 or a valid certificate of number awarded by another state, which vessel is used upon the waters of this state for more than sixty days in any calendar year, shall be required to display a Connecticut registration decal. No person shall launch, moor or operate and no owner shall permit the launching, mooring or operation of any such vessel unless (1) the owner holds a valid, effective certificate of registration awarded by this state, and (2) the registration decal is displayed as directed by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, provided the requirements of this subsection shall not be applicable, in the period commencing on the first day of October in any year to and including the thirtieth day of April next succeeding, to any such vessel in use upon the waters of this state exclusively for purposes of delivery of such vessel to a facility in this state for storage, including dry storage and storage in water by means of apparatus preventing ice damage to the hull, maintenance or repair or the actual process of storage, maintenance or repair of such vessel.

(c) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 8; 1967, P.A. 175, S. 2; P.A. 73-257, S. 8, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 3, 25; P.A. 82-283, S. 1, 4; 82-348, S. 5, 6; P.A. 83-253, S. 1, 3; 83-455, S. 2, 4; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1967 act required numbering of all motorboats, previous requirement applied only to those “of more than five horsepower”; P.A. 73-257 required numbering of boat before launching or mooring it as well as before operation and replaced “Federal Boating Act of 1958” with “Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971”; P.A. 76-381 stated that violation is an infraction; P.A. 81-423 replaced “motorboats” with “vessels” throughout and required all vessels on Connecticut waters to have a state certificate of registration and added Subsec. (b) requiring vessels with a certificate of number from the United States or another state to display a registration decal; P.A. 82-283 added provisions to require that a vessel, with respect to which the owner holds a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, shall not be required to display a number awarded by Connecticut, however, such vessel must display a Connecticut registration decal; P.A. 82-348 removed penalty provision from Subsec. (a) and placed in new Subsec. (c); P.A. 83-253 added language in Subsec. (a) concerning what shall be deemed the use of a vessel upon the waters of this state; P.A. 83-455 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that in the period from October first of any year to April thirtieth next following, inclusive, registration requirements shall not apply to any vessel on waters of state exclusively for purposes of delivery to a facility for storage, maintenance or repair, effective July 1, 1983, and applicable to such use of vessels on or after said date; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2011.

Cited. 198 C. 168; 206 C. 253.

Cited. 12 CA 417; 20 CA 452.

Sec. 15-143. Exceptions to numbering and registration requirements. (a) Vessels of the following classes are not required to be numbered or display a Connecticut registration decal by this state: (1) Motorboats which have a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard, provided the owner of any such vessel used upon the waters of this state for more than sixty days in any calendar year shall be required to comply with the registration requirements in section 15-144; (2) vessels owned in countries other than the United States temporarily using the waters of the state; (3) vessels owned by the United States, a state or a political subdivision of a state which are used in the performance of governmental functions; (4) vessels used exclusively as ships’ lifeboats; (5) vessels belonging to any class which the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection exempts upon finding that the numbering of such vessels does not materially aid in their identification; provided, the commissioner shall not exempt any such class of vessels which is subject to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 and which has not been exempted therefrom under the provisions of Subsection (b) of Section 19 of said act; (6) vessels principally used in another state for which valid, effective certificates of number were awarded by the United States or by such other state pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971; provided, the owner of a vessel used upon the waters of this state for more than sixty days in any calendar year shall be required to comply with the registration requirements in section 15-144; and (7) any vessel less than nineteen and one-half feet in length which is not a motorboat as defined in section 15-141, and any vessel propelled solely by oar or paddle.

(b) Vessels, the sale or transfer of which is subject to the provisions of Section 37 of the Shipping Act, 1916, shall be numbered by this state only when such sale or transfer is approved by the United States Maritime Administration.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 9, 10; P.A. 73-257, S. 9, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 4, 25; P.A. 82-283, S. 2, 4; 82-436, S. 1, 11; 82-472, S. 32, 183; P.A. 83-253, S. 2, 3; P.A. 05-133, S. 4; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 73-257 replaced U.S. Bureau of Customs with U.S. Coast Guard in Subsec. (a)(1), replaced “board” with “commissioner of environmental protection” in Subsec. (a)(5) and rephrased provisions, deleted provision re recording certificates from U.S. or other states before boat used in this state in Subsec. (a)(6), added statement that boat used in state for more than 60 days a year deemed principally used in this state and replaced references to Federal Boating Act of 1958 with references to Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971; P.A. 81-423 exempted vessels under 19.5 feet which are not motorboats and vessels propelled solely by oar or paddle from numbering requirement and substituted “vessels” for “motorboats” throughout section; P.A. 82-283 and 82-436 added provisions, in conformance with Sec. 15-142, that vessel with marine document from United States Coast Guard is not required to be numbered in this state, however, if in state waters more than 60 days in any year, such vessel must be registered; P.A. 82-436 also added reference to “any canoe equipped with a motor the horsepower of which is less than five” in Subsec. (a)(7); P.A. 82-472 removed provision re canoes added by P.A. 82-436; P.A. 83-253 added language in Subsec. (a) modifying references to use of any vessel so that the use referred to, for purposes of determining when registration is required, is the use of such vessel upon the waters of this state; P.A. 05-133 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision that vessels of specified classes not be required to display a Connecticut registration decal; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (a)(5), effective July 1, 2011.

Cited. 198 C. 168.

Cited. 12 CA 417.

Sec. 15-144. Vessel registration number or registration decal. Schedule of fees payable to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Regulations. Penalty. (a) Any owner desiring to obtain a vessel registration number or registration decal shall apply to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and shall file such proof of ownership of the vessel as the commissioner may require. Upon receipt of an application in proper form and the numbering fee, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall assign a registration number or registration decal and provide the owner with a temporary certificate of number or temporary certificate of decal. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall issue two registration decals and a permanent certificate. A registration decal shall be displayed on each side of the vessel at the bow in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. The certificate shall state the name of the owner, his address, a description of the vessel, its hull identification number, the expiration date of the certificate and such other information as the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may prescribe by regulations. Such certificate shall be carried aboard and shall be available for inspection upon the vessel for which it is issued whenever the owner or any person authorized by him is aboard such vessel, except that the certificate of number for a vessel which is less than twenty-six feet and which is rented for noncommercial purposes for less than twenty-four hours may be retained on shore by the owner of such vessel or his agent at the place where such vessel departs or returns. If such certificate is retained on shore, a rental agreement signed by the owner or his agent and by the person renting the vessel shall be carried aboard such vessel and shall be available for inspection. Such rental agreement shall contain the vessel number which appears on the certificate of number and the length of time for which such vessel is rented.

(b) (1) The owner shall pay a fee to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for deposit with the State Treasurer for each vessel so numbered or registered in accordance with the following schedule and subdivisions of this subsection:

Overall Length

 

at least
(feet)

less than
(feet)

fee

12

$ 7.50

12

13

11.25

13

14

15.00

14

15

18.75

15

16

22.50

16

17

30.00

17

18

37.50

18

19

45.00

19

20

52.50

20

21

60.00

21

22

67.50

22

23

75.00

23

24

82.50

24

25

90.00

25

26

97.50

26

27

105.00

27

28

112.50

28

29

120.00

29

30

127.50

30

31

135.00

31

32

142.50

32

33

150.00

33

34

157.50

34

35

165.00

35

36

172.50

36

37

180.00

37

38

202.50

38

39

225.00

39

40

247.50

40

41

270.00

41

42

292.50

42

43

315.00

43

44

322.50

44

45

330.00

45

46

337.50

46

47

345.00

47

48

352.50

48

49

360.00

49

50

367.50

50

51

375.00

51

52

382.50

52

53

390.00

53

54

397.50

54

55

405.00

55

56

412.50

56

57

420.00

57

58

427.50

58

59

435.00

59

60

442.50

60

61

450.00

61

62

457.50

62

63

465.00

63

64

472.50

64

65

480.00

65 and over

525.00

For purposes of this schedule “overall length” is the horizontal distance between the foremost part of the stem and the aftermost part of the stern, excluding bowsprits, bumpkins, rudders, outboard motor brackets and similar fittings or attachments. (2) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any vessel used primarily for purposes of commercial fishing shall not exceed twenty-five dollars, provided in the tax year of the owner of such vessel ending immediately preceding the date of registration, not less than fifty per cent of the adjusted gross income of such owner as determined for purposes of the federal income tax is derived from commercial fishing, subject to proof satisfactory to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. (3) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any vessel constructed primarily of wood, the construction of which is completed not less than fifteen years prior to the date such fee is paid, shall be in an amount equal to fifty per cent of the fee otherwise payable, or if such construction is completed not less than twenty-five years prior to the date such fee is paid, such fee shall be in an amount equal to twenty-five per cent of the fee otherwise payable. (4) Fees payable under this subsection shall not be required with respect to (A) any vessel owned by a flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or owned by a nonprofit corporation acting on behalf of such a flotilla, provided no more than two vessels from any such flotilla or nonprofit corporation shall be granted such an exemption, and (B) any vessel built by students in an educational institution and used for the purposes of such institution, including such research as may require the use of such vessel. (5) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any pontoon boat, exclusive of any houseboat, shall be forty dollars. (6) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any canoe with a motor or any vessel owned by a nonprofit organization shall be seven dollars and fifty cents. (7) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any vessel less than fifteen feet in length equipped with a motor the horsepower of which is less than fifteen, shall be seven dollars and fifty cents. (8) The owner of any vessel used actively, as required under this subdivision, in operational activities of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary shall not be required to pay the applicable fee in accordance with the schedule in this subsection, provided (A) if the applicable fee under the schedule for such vessel is greater than one hundred eighty dollars, the owner shall be required to pay the amount of fee in excess of one hundred eighty dollars, and (B) the owner shall not be entitled to exemption from the applicable fee as allowed in this subdivision for any vessel registration year unless the application for registration of such vessel includes a statement, certified by an officer of the United States Coast Guard, that in the preceding year such vessel was used actively in not less than three separate operational activities of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. (9) Beginning May 4, 2011, all revenue received by the state in fees for the numbering and registration of vessels under this section shall be deposited with the Treasurer who shall deposit such revenue in the General Fund.

(c) The owner shall cause the registration number or registration decal to be displayed on each side of the vessel at the bow in such manner as the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection prescribes. The number shall be maintained in a legible condition and shall be clearly visible and entirely unobscured. No number other than the registration number assigned by this state or by the United States or by another state pursuant to the provisions of the federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 shall be displayed on either side of a vessel at the bow.

(d) Each certificate of number and certificate of registration issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall expire on the last day of April of the year following its issuance. At least thirty days prior to the expiration date of each certificate, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may notify the owner, in a manner determined by the commissioner, of such expiration and the certificate may be renewed as prescribed by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles upon application and upon payment of the fee provided in subsection (b) of this section. The commissioner shall not provide such notification by mail to the registrant if the United States Postal Service has determined that mail is undeliverable to the address that is documented in the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles for such person. The registration number assigned to a vessel shall remain the same as long as the vessel is registered in this state.

(e) (1) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may permit marine dealers, as defined in section 15-141, to assign registration numbers and issue temporary certificates of number upon the sale or transfer of a vessel. The dealer shall within ten days from the issuance of such temporary certificate submit to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles an application together with all necessary documents, information and fees for a permanent certificate of number for the vessel transfer.

(2) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may permit such marine dealers to issue temporary certificates of decal upon the sale or transfer of a documented vessel. The dealer shall within ten days from the issuance of such temporary certificate submit to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles an application together with all necessary documents, information and fees for a permanent certificate of decal with respect to such vessel.

(3) On and after March 1, 2005, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall permit marine dealers, as defined in section 15-141, to submit the applications and documents required under subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection by electronic means. Said commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this subdivision.

(f) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may require the owner of any vessel to submit as part of his application such information concerning waste discharges and onboard waste disposal systems as the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may prescribe by regulations. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall promptly forward to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection any such information submitted to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles as part of an application.

(g) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt such regulations as are reasonably necessary to carry out his powers, duties and functions under this chapter.

(h) (1) Any person who operates or any owner who permits the operation of a vessel on the waters of this state which has not been numbered or registered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable section of the general statutes shall have committed a violation and shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars or more than two hundred dollars for the first offense and for each subsequent offense shall be fined not less than two hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars. (2) No person shall use any vessel registration or registration decals that have been issued to another person pursuant to sections 15-142 to 15-144, inclusive. No person shall use a vessel registration or registration decals on any vessel other than the vessel for which such registration number or registration decals have been issued. Any person who violates any provision of this subdivision shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars. (3) Any officer empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable section of the general statutes who finds a vessel which is not numbered or registered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and such discovery is subsequent to a violation of this chapter may make application to the court for a warrant to seize such vessel and take it into custody pending proof of payment of proper numbering or registration fees. No officer shall be liable for any act performed under the provisions of this subsection.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 11; 1967, P.A. 175, S. 3; 1971, P.A. 668, S. 4; 872, S. 385; P.A. 73-257, S. 10, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 28; P.A. 80-89; P.A. 81-423, S. 5, 25; P.A. 82-283, S. 3, 4; 82-348, S. 2, 6; 82-436, S. 2, 8–11; P.A. 83-266, S. 3, 4; P.A. 84-495, S. 1, 4; P.A. 86-270; P.A. 87-289, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-316, S. 1, 2; P.A. 96-167, S. 48, 49; P.A. 03-244, S. 14; P.A. 04-199, S. 18; 04-257, S. 27; P.A. 06-196, S. 198; P.A. 07-217, S. 59; P.A. 11-6, S. 133; 11-61, S. 4; 11-80, S. 1; 11-213, S. 44, 45; P.A. 12-80, S. 8.)

History: 1967 act added provisions re validation decals in Subsec. (a) and decreased fee from $5 to $4 and replaced provisions re certificate expiration and renewal fee with new provisions which replace three-year validity term with one-year term and reduce fee from $5 to $3; 1971 acts replaced set fee of $4 for all boats with schedule wherein fee depends on length of boat and replaced “commission”, i.e. boating commission, with “commissioner”, i.e. environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 73-257 made commissioner of motor vehicles, rather than town clerk and environmental protection commissioner, responsible for issuing identification numbers, deleted requirement that certificate be “pocket size”, required that certificate be available for inspection when anyone is on board rather than when boat is in operation, revised fee provisions and designated them as Subsec. (b), relettering former Subsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d), changed “Federal Boating Act of 1958” to “Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971” in Subsec. (c), formerly (b), deleted obsolete provision re licenses expiring on April 30, 1972, and provision for penalty of one-half of registration fee if renewal made after expiration date and allowed payment of tax in town where boat stored in Subsec. (d), formerly (c), and added Subsecs. (e) to (h); P.A. 76-381 replaced provision for $25 to $50 fine with statement that violation is an infraction in Subsec. (h); P.A. 80-89 added provisions in Subsec. (a) re retention of certificates on shore when boat is a rental boat; P.A. 81-423 replaced “motorboat” references with “vessel” references, and referred to registration numbers and decals rather than identification numbers, replaced schedule of fees for motorboats with schedule of fees for all vessels, deleted provisions re owner’s option to pay tax in town of residence or town in which boat usually kept or operated in keeping with abolition of tax on vessels and added provision re temporary certificates, effective July 1, 1981, and applicable to registration fees for boat registration year commencing May 1, 1982, and thereafter; P.A. 82-283 added Subsec. (b)(4) providing that fee requirements are not applicable to a vessel owned by a flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or a nonprofit corporation acting on behalf of such a flotilla; P.A. 82-348 changed the penalty in Subsec. (h) from an infraction to a violation, applicable to the owner of any vessel operated in state waters without being numbered or registered as required in chapter 268 or any applicable section of the general statutes; P.A. 82-436 added Subsec. (b)(5) to (7), inclusive, providing for an annual fee of $40, applicable to any pontoon boat, exclusive of any houseboat, providing that the annual fee applicable to any canoe with a motor or any vessel owned by a nonprofit organization shall be $15, and providing that the fee applicable to any vessel less than 15 feet in length with a motor the horsepower of which is less than 15 shall be $10, and also amended Subsec. (d) to provide that the registration number assigned to a vessel shall remain the same so long as the vessel is registered in this state rather than so long as certificate of number is continually renewed; P.A. 83-266 included technical amendments in Subsec. (b), primarily concerning deletion of redundant references to certain subdivisions in said Subsec. (b); P.A. 84-495 amended Subsec. (b) by substituting a reduced schedule of fees for all vessels numbered or registered, effective June 11, 1984, and applicable to the boat registration year commencing May 1, 1985; P.A. 86-270 amended Subsec. (h) by adding provisions specifying penalty for subsequent offenses and re seizure of vessels; P.A. 87-289 amended Subsec. (b) by providing for exemption from registration fees for any vessel built by students in an educational institution and used for purposes of such institution, effective June 10, 1987, and applicable to the vessel registration year commencing May 1, 1987, and each such registration year thereafter; P.A. 88-316 amended Subsec. (b) to allow exemptions from the applicable fee for any vessel used in operational activities of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, provided the owner shall be required to pay any portion of the fee in excess of $180 and such exemption shall not be allowed unless in the year preceding exemption the vessel was used actively in at least three such operational activities, effective June 6, 1988, and applicable to the vessel registration year commencing May 1, 1988, and each registration year thereafter; P.A. 96-167 amended Subsec. (b)(6) to reduce fee from $15 to $7.50, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (h) to divide existing provisions into Subdivs. (1) and (3) and add new Subdiv. (2) re use of vessel registration or registration decals by another person or on another vessel; P.A. 04-199 added Subsec. (e)(3) permitting marine dealers, on and after March 1, 2005, to submit applications and documents required under section by electronic means and requiring commissioner to adopt regulations to carry out provisions of subdivision, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-257 made technical changes in Subsec. (h), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 06-196 made a technical change in Subsec. (d), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (d), effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 11-6 amended Subsec. (b) by adding Subdiv. (9) requiring revenue to be deposited in General Fund beginning October 1, 2011, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-61 amended Subsec. (b)(9) to require all revenue from fees to be deposited in General Fund beginning May 4, 2011, and to delete provision re twelve-month period, effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsecs. (a), (c) and (f), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-213 amended Subsec. (a) to replace provision re evidence of ownership by affidavit or document with provision re proof of ownership as commissioner may require, and amended Subsec. (d) to change “shall” to “may” re notification and prohibit notification by mail if mail determined to be undeliverable, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-80 amended Subsec. (h)(2) to replace penalty of a fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days or both with a fine of not more than $250.

Cited. 198 C. 168.

Cited. 12 CA 417; 20 CA 452.

Sec. 15-144a. Provision of information re registrants to tax assessors. Section 15-144a is repealed.

(1971, P.A. 668, S. 5; P.A. 73-257, S. 11, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 24.)

Sec. 15-145. Marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s and marine surveyor’s registration numbers. Regulations. Fees. Availability and renewal of certificates. Use of vessels. Restrictions. (a) A marine dealer, marine engine manufacturer or marine surveyor may obtain one or more marine dealer’s registration numbers upon application to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection.

(b) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, regarding: (1) The establishment of fees for each marine dealer registration number issued, (2) application for such numbers, (3) examination of a marine dealer, marine engine manufacturer or marine surveyor with respect to criteria for issuance of such numbers, and (4) issuance and display of marine dealer registration numbers. Such application shall contain an affidavit stating that (A) such marine dealer is a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing new or used vessels and that such person has an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of such vessels, unless specifically exempted in this subsection from the requirement to have an established place of business, (B) such marine engine manufacturer is a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing marine engines and that such person has an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of such engines, or (C) such marine surveyor is a person engaged in the inspection, surveying or examination of vessels and meets the definition of a marine surveyor, as defined in section 15-141. Yacht brokers shall not be required to have an established place of business. A marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s or marine surveyor’s registration certificate shall be denominated as such and shall state the dealer’s, engine manufacturer’s or surveyor’s name, residence address, business address, registration number, the expiration date of the certificate and such other information as the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may prescribe. The certificate, or a copy of the certificate, shall be carried aboard and shall be available for inspection upon each vessel which displays the marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s or marine surveyor’s registration number whenever such vessel is in operation. A number or certificate may not be used on more than one vessel at a time. Each certificate shall be renewed on the first day of May of the year following the date of issue and shall expire on the last day of April of the year following such renewal, unless sooner terminated or surrendered. At least thirty days prior to the expiration date of each certificate, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall notify each marine dealer, marine engine manufacturer and marine surveyor of such expiration. Within ninety days before its expiration, each marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s or marine surveyor’s certificate may be renewed upon application and upon payment of the fee prescribed by the commissioner pursuant to this subsection. Each registration number assigned to a marine dealer, marine engine manufacturer or marine surveyor shall remain the same as long as such dealer, manufacturer or surveyor continues, under the same name, in the business described in such dealer’s, manufacturer’s or surveyor’s application affidavit as required pursuant to this subsection.

(c) A marine dealer’s registration number shall be displayed in such manner as the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection prescribes on vessels: (1) Operated for the purpose of sale, trade, repair or transport and on any vessel sold by such dealer for not more than five days after the date of such sale, (2) on any vessel used by a marine engine manufacturer for the sole purpose of testing or demonstrating marine engines manufactured or repaired by such person, and (3) on any vessel used by a marine surveyor for the purpose of inspecting, surveying or examining such vessel or associated equipment to assess, monitor and report on the condition of such vessel or associated equipment. Any vessel displaying a marine dealer’s registration number shall be presumed to be properly registered.

(d) No marine dealer, marine engine manufacturer or marine surveyor shall (1) rent, or allow or cause to be rented, (2) operate, or allow or cause to be operated, for hire, or (3) use, or allow or cause to be used, for the purpose of conveying passengers or merchandise or freight for hire, any vessel registered with a marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s or marine surveyor’s number and certificate. No marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer may loan a number certificate to any person except (A) for the purpose of demonstrating a vessel; (B) when a vessel owned by or lawfully in the custody of such person is undergoing repairs; or (C) when such person has purchased a vessel, the registration of which has not yet been completed and in any case for not more than five consecutive days. Each marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer shall keep a record of each loaned number certificate showing the date loaned, the vessel hull identification number (HIN) of the vessel on which such number is displayed, the date returned and the name and address of the person operating any vessel with such loaned number certificate. Such dealer or engine manufacturer shall give a copy of this record to each person to whom such number certificate is loaned, which copy shall be carried in the vessel at all times when operated. This record shall be retained by the dealer or engine manufacturer for a period of six months from the date on which the number certificate was loaned and such record shall be available during business hours for examination by any police officer, marine officer or conservation officer. A marine surveyor shall not loan a number certificate to any person.

(e) Any marine dealer may operate, or cause to be operated by a bona fide full-time employee, a vessel with a marine dealer’s registration number (1) while a potential purchaser or customer is aboard, (2) when running a new vessel from an import terminal to the dealer’s place of business, (3) when test running a new vessel after receiving it from the manufacturer, (4) when delivering a sold vessel to the new owner, (5) when running a trade-in vessel from a buyer, (6) when test running a trade-in vessel before it is made available for sale, (7) when running a vessel to, and using a vessel in, a fishing tournament, (8) when test running a vessel after repairs, maintenance or winter storage, (9) when used in connection with the business of the marine dealer, (10) when running the vessel to obtain or deliver parts for the repair of the vessel or another vessel, and (11) for the personal use of the marine dealer. Any marine surveyor may operate, or cause to be operated by a bona fide full-time employee, a vessel with a marine dealer’s registration number when performing an inspection, survey or examination of such vessel or associated equipment provided the marine surveyor has been contracted by written agreement to perform such work and a copy of the written agreement is carried on the vessel while the marine surveyor’s registration number is displayed on the vessel. Each marine dealer and marine surveyor shall maintain a record of the following: (A) Each marine number certificate issued by the commissioner to such dealer, (B) the name, address and occupation of any bona fide full-time employee to whom such certificate has been assigned, (C) the date of assignment of such certificate, and (D) the exact location of each unassigned certificate. For the purposes of this subsection, “bona fide full-time employee” means a person who is employed by a marine dealer or marine surveyor for not less than thirty-five hours per week and who appears on the records of such marine dealer as an employee for whom tax is withheld for Social Security, federal income tax and any other withholding or deductions from salary required by law.

(f) No person may use a vessel with a marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s or marine surveyor’s registration number for any purpose other than the purposes described in this section. The commissioner may revoke any marine dealer’s, marine engine manufacturer’s or marine surveyor’s registration number under this section if any vessel with a number issued to such dealer, engine manufacturer or surveyor is used in violation of this section.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 12; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 386; P.A. 73-257, S. 12, 27; P.A. 74-302, S. 2, 3; P.A. 81-423, S. 6, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 3, 11; P.A. 84-268, S. 4; P.A. 94-188, S. 28; P.A. 99-114; P.A. 05-76, S. 1; P.A. 06-196, S. 199; P.A. 09-105, S. 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 479; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, referring to boating commission, with “commissioner”, referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 required that ID numbers be applied for to commissioner of motor vehicles rather than commissioner of environmental protection, increased fee from $5 to $10, included commissioner of motor vehicles in provision re information on certificate and changed validity period from three years to one year in Subsec. (a) and made technical change to Subsec. (b) for clarity; P.A. 74-302 added provision re affidavit in Subsec. (a) and revised expiration provision in Subsec. (b) so that licenses expire on same date (last day of April) rather than one year from date of issue; P.A. 81-423 substituted “registration” for “identification” numbers and “vessels” for “motorboats” and raised fee from $10 to $15; P.A. 82-436 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring that applications by marine dealers for registration numbers are subject to approval by the commissioner of environmental protection, and increased fee for each such registration number from $15 to $25; P.A. 84-268 transferred authority to receive applications for registration numbers and to notify dealers of impending expiration dates from motor vehicles commissioner to environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 94-188 amended Subsec. (a) to add provisions re marine engine manufacturers and amended Subsec. (b) by deleting “solely” after “prescribes” and by including vessels used by marine engine manufacturers for the sole purpose of testing or demonstrating marine engines manufactured or repaired by them; P.A. 99-114 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the fee for a marine dealer or marine engine manufacturer registration number from $25 to $50, provide that such funds be deposited into the boating account of the Conservation Fund, provide for the carrying of a copy of the certificate, and provide that a number or certificate may not be used on more than one vessel at a time, amended Subsec. (b) to allow operation of vessels with such numbers for purposes of repair or transport and add provision re presumption that a vessel displaying a marine dealer’s registration number is properly registered, and added Subsecs. (c), (d) and (e) re restrictions on use of vessels with such numbers; P.A. 05-76 amended Subsec. (d) by adding Subdivs. (9), (10) and (11) to expand marine dealer and full-time employee use of vessels to permit business or personal use and use to obtain or deliver repair parts, effective June 2, 2005; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsec. (a), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 09-105 divided existing Subsec. (a) into Subsecs. (a) and (b), amended Subsec. (a) by adding “marine surveyor” and deleting $50 fee provision, amended new Subsec. (b) by adding regulations requirements, applying provisions to marine surveyors, adding affidavit requirements and specifying that yacht brokers are not required to have established place of business, redesignated existing Subsecs. (b) to (e) as new Subsecs. (c) to (f), specified registration number display and use criteria for vessels used by marine surveyors in new Subsecs. (c) and (e), prohibited marine surveyors from loaning number certificates to any person in new Subsec. (d), and made conforming changes throughout, effective July 1, 2009; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b) to delete provision re fees shall be deposited in boating account of Conservation Fund; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsecs. (a), (b) and (c), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-145a. Marine dealer’s registration numbers for boat trailers. (a) Each marine dealer, as defined in section 15-141, may make application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for a general distinguishing number and mark in lieu of registering each boat trailer owned by him or in his custody, and the commissioner may issue to the applicant a certificate or certificates of registration containing the distinguishing number and mark assigned to such applicant, and made in a form and containing any further information that the commissioner may require. Each such boat trailer owned by such applicant or temporarily in his custody shall be regarded as registered under and having assigned to it such general distinguishing number and mark until sold. Such application shall contain an affidavit stating that such dealer is a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing new or used vessels and that such person has an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of such vessels. For the registration of all boat trailers registered under a general distinguishing number and mark, the commissioner shall charge a fee at the rate of fifty dollars per annum or any part thereof for each number plate furnished. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall assess a twenty-five dollar late fee for renewal of a registration in the event a dealer fails to renew such registration within five days after its expiration. The issuance of such registrations shall be in the sole discretion of the commissioner and may be recalled at any time for any reason or cause the commissioner deems sufficient.

(b) Each marine dealer who is in possession of one or more such registrations shall report such information to the tax assessor of the municipality wherein such dealer is located.

(P.A. 92-133, S. 6, 9; P.A. 12-81, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 12-81 amended Subsec. (a) to require Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to assess $25 late fee for renewal of registration if dealer fails to renew registration within 5 days after expiration.

Sec. 15-145b. Operation of a vessel registered with a marine dealer registration number by holder of passenger-for-hire license and charter boat registration. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, any person who holds a current passenger-for-hire license issued by the United States Coast Guard and a current charter boat registration issued by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection pursuant to section 26-142a shall not be prohibited from operating a vessel registered with a marine dealer registration number issued pursuant to section 15-145, provided any such person operates a recreational charter fishing guide service using a vessel registered with such a marine dealer registration number in connection with such guide service.

(b) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall not revoke a marine dealer registration number issued pursuant to section 15-145 for any vessel used in compliance with subsection (a) of this section.

(P.A. 10-124, S. 4; P.A. 12-174, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 10-124 effective May 27, 2010; P.A. 12-174 deleted “for two years from the effective date of this section,” and “for not less than five of the ten years preceding the effective date of this section” in Subsec. (a), changed “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” and made technical changes, effective June 15, 2012.

Sec. 15-146. Notice of change of address. Within fifteen days after changing his address, the owner of a vessel with a registration number or registration decal issued by this state shall file with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles notice in writing of such change. The owner’s certificate of number or registration may be altered or the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may issue a new certificate to indicate the new address. Failure to file notice of change of address as required by this section shall be an infraction.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 13; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 387; P.A. 73-257, S. 13, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 29; P.A. 81-423, S. 7, 25.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, referring to boating commission, with “commissioner”, referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 transferred duties of environmental protection commissioner under section to commissioner of motor vehicles; P.A. 76-381 made failure to give notice of address change an infraction; P.A. 81-423 inserted reference to vessel registration number or registration decal, replacing reference to “motorboats numbered” by state.

Sec. 15-147. Termination of certificate of number upon transfer, destruction or abandonment of vessel. (a) The owner of a vessel which has been awarded a registration number or registration decal by this state shall notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in writing within fifteen days of the transfer of all or any part of his interest in, other than the creation of a security interest, or of the theft, loss, destruction or abandonment of, such vessel and surrender with such notice his certificate of number. Any such transfer, theft, loss, destruction or abandonment shall terminate said certificate.

(b) Any person who transfers to another ownership of a vessel numbered by this state or a vessel having been awarded a registration decal by this state or who presents evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that such vessel has been stolen, lost or destroyed, may, upon surrendering the outstanding certificate of number or certificate of decal and upon application and payment of a fee of one dollar, have another vessel numbered in his name for the remainder of the numbering period, or may have another registration decal issued in his name for the remainder of the registration period, provided if the numbering fee or registration decal fee in accordance with the provisions of section 15-144 is greater for such other vessel to be numbered or to obtain a registration decal than the fee paid for said registration period with respect to the vessel transferred, such person shall pay a fee in addition to said one dollar, equal to the registration fee in said section 15-144 for such other vessel to be numbered or to receive a registration decal minus the amount of such fee paid for said registration period with respect to the vessel transferred.

(c) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

(d) Any person, who for reasons acceptable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, requests a change in the type of registration issued for a vessel owned by such person, from a registration number to a registration decal, or from a registration decal to a registration number, may, upon surrendering the outstanding registration and payment of a fee of three dollars, have the new registration for such vessel issued in such person’s name for the remainder of the registration period.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 14; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 388; P.A. 73-257, S. 14, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 30; P.A. 81-423, S. 8, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 4, 11; P.A. 89-23.)

History: 1971 act replaced “commission”, referring to boating commission, with “commissioner”, referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 required notification of commissioner of motor vehicles rather than environmental protection commissioner and required notification of theft or loss in Subsec. (a) and added proviso in Subsec. (b); P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (c) making violation an infraction; P.A. 81-423 inserted references in appropriate places to registration number or registration decal, replacing reference to motorboats “numbered” by state; P.A. 82-436 added Subsec. (d) providing that with approval of commissioner of motor vehicles any owner of a vessel may change the type of registration issued, whether registration number or registration decal, to the other type upon payment of a fee of $3; P.A. 89-23 amended Subsec. (b) to include persons who present satisfactory evidence that the vessel has been stolen, lost or destroyed.

Sec. 15-148. Duplicate certificate. If a valid certificate of number or registration is lost, mutilated or destroyed, the owner shall notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in writing within fifteen days. The owner may obtain a duplicate certificate upon application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and upon payment of a fee of twenty dollars.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 15; P.A. 73-257, S. 15, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 9, 25; P.A. 07-167, S. 14.)

History: P.A. 73-257 required notification of lost, mutilated or destroyed certificate within 15 days and replaced town clerk with commissioner of motor vehicles and made provisions applicable to valid certificates only; P.A. 81-423 inserted reference to registration; P.A. 07-167 increased fee from $1.00 to $20.

Sec. 15-149. Accident reports. Section 15-149 is repealed.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 16; 1967, P.A. 184, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 389; P.A. 73-257, S. 16, 27; P.A. 76-381, S. 31; P.A. 87-505, S. 8, 9.)

Sec. 15-149a. Reporting of accidents. Responsibilities of towboat operators. (a) Any person operating a vessel upon the waters of this state which vessel is in any manner involved in an accident in which any person dies, is injured so as to require medical attention, or disappears, shall immediately notify the nearest law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over such accident and, not later than forty-eight hours after such accident, report the matter in writing to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. The report shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall state as accurately as possible the time, place and cause of such accident, the injuries occasioned by the accident and any other facts the commissioner deems necessary. If such operator is physically incapable of notifying the nearest law enforcement agency or of making such report and there is another participant or passenger in the accident not incapacitated, such participant or passenger shall immediately notify the nearest law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over such accident and make the report to the commissioner not later than forty-eight hours after such accident. Any person operating a vessel upon the waters of this state which is in any manner involved in an accident in which the total damages to all property affected by such accident, including property of such operator, is in excess of five hundred dollars, such person shall, not later than five days after such accident, report the matter in writing to the commissioner on such forms as said commissioner may prescribe. If there is no person other than the owner capable of making such report or if the report has not been submitted and the owner of such vessel is not incapacitated, such owner shall, not later than five days after learning of the facts of such accident, report the matter to the commissioner, on such forms as said commissioner may prescribe. Any such operator of a vessel, or surviving participant or passenger in any such accident, or the owner of the vessel involved in any such accident, shall provide any other information or additional report as the commissioner shall require. Failure of any person to comply with any provision of this subsection shall be an infraction.

(b) Except in an emergency, no vessel towboat operator who for a fee or other compensation conducts vessel towing services for recreational boaters shall take under tow any vessel which has been involved in a boating accident or has been abandoned without first notifying federal, state or municipal law enforcement authorities and the owner of the vessel. In the event circumstances are such that the vessel should be immediately towed to safety to prevent loss of the vessel or injury to passengers, the towboat operator shall immediately notify such authorities upon reaching safe harbor. Failure to notify law enforcement authorities and the vessel owner as required by the provisions of this subsection shall be an infraction.

(P.A. 87-505, S. 3, 9; P.A. 96-82; 96-118, S. 6; P.A. 05-133, S. 3; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 96-82 amended Subsec. (a) to provide for more detailed procedures for reporting of boating accidents and added Subsec. (b) re responsibilities of vessel towboat operators in postaccident towing; P.A. 96-118 amended Subsec. (a) to make a minor grammatical correction; P.A. 05-133 required notification of accident to nearest law enforcement agency “having jurisdiction over such accident” not later than, rather than within, 48 hours after accident and made a technical change in Subsec. (a); pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-149b. Reporting of accidents involving death, injury or disappearance. Report of interviews. (a) Any law enforcement officer, fire department personnel, rescue service personnel, emergency medical technician or other emergency response official who receives the initial report of a boating accident in which a person is killed or injured or disappears from on board under circumstances suggesting a possibility of death or injury shall immediately notify the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. The commissioner shall investigate any accident resulting in the death or disappearance of any person. The commissioner shall investigate any accident resulting in serious injury when he deems such an investigation to be necessary.

(b) On and after July 7, 1987, any officer authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter who interviews participants or witnesses at the time or scene of a boating accident for which a report is required pursuant to section 15-149a shall submit a copy of the report of the interviews to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection. The report shall contain the names of the persons and vessels involved, all information necessary to determine the cause of the accident, the conditions at the time of the accident and the enforcement action taken. The report shall be on forms prescribed by the commissioner and shall be submitted not more than five days after the completion of the interviews.

(P.A. 87-505, S. 4, 9; P.A. 97-72, S. 3, 4; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 97-72 divided section into Subsecs., designated existing language as Subsec. (b) and inserted new language as Subsec. (a) re reporting and investigation of accidents involving death, injury or disappearance, effective May 27, 1997; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-150. Rental of vessels. Boat livery requirements. (a) Each boat liveryperson shall keep a record of the name and address of every person who rents a vessel, the registration number thereof, if applicable, the departure date and time and the expected time of return. The record shall be preserved for at least one year.

(b) Any operator of a vessel rented from a boat livery shall carry on board such vessel and make available for inspection the original or a copy of the written rental agreement for such rental, signed by the owner of the boat livery or such owner’s agent and by the person renting the vessel, stating the length of time for which such vessel is being rented, the identity of the person who rented the vessel and the vessel number which appears on the certificate of number, if vessel registration is required.

(c) Neither the owner nor any agent or employee of a boat livery shall permit any vessel which is rented to depart from the livery premises unless it is provided, either by the owner or lessee, with such safety devices and equipment as may be required by law.

(d) Neither the owner nor any agent or employee of a boat livery shall permit any vessel which is rented to depart the boat livery unless such vessel is registered and numbered properly as a livery boat, if required. Except as provided in subsection (a) of section 15-144, if the vessel is required to be registered and numbered as a livery boat, the certificate of number shall be carried aboard and made available for inspection upon the vessel for which it is issued.

(e) Neither the owner nor any agent or employee of a boat livery shall permit an operator of any vessel which is rented to depart from the boat livery without a safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation, if such operator is required by sections 15-140e and 15-140j to have a safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation.

(f) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 17; 1969, P.A. 100, S. 1; P.A. 76-381, S. 32; P.A. 81-423, S. 10, 25; P.A. 08-26, S. 8.)

History: 1969 act made provisions applicable to all vessels rather than to motorboats; P.A. 76-381 added Subsec. (c) making violation an infraction; P.A. 81-423 replaced reference to identification number with reference to registration number in Subsec. (a); P.A. 08-26 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), added new Subsec. (b) re written rental agreement requirements, Subsec. (d) re vessel registration and numbering and Subsec. (e) re safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation prior to vessel departure from boat livery and redesignated existing Subsecs. (b) and (c) as new Subsecs. (c) and (f), respectively.

See Sec. 15-129 re required safety devices and equipment.

Sec. 15-150a. Any facility mooring or storing vessels required to maintain record of vessels not registered in Connecticut. Each boat yard, public or private marina or other entity renting or leasing slips, dry storage, mooring or other space for vessels during the period from April fifteenth to October fifteenth, inclusive, in any year shall maintain a list of all such vessels not registered in Connecticut. Each yacht club, boat club or other group assigning slips or moorings for vessels as part of membership rights shall maintain a list of all such vessels not registered in Connecticut. Each condominium or cooperative marina shall maintain a list of all such vessels not registered in Connecticut. Said list shall be compiled on forms furnished by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection and shall contain with respect to each such vessel (1) the name of the vessel, (2) the state of registration or documentation, (3) the registration number, (4) the name and address of the entity renting or using space, and (5) such other information as the commissioner deems necessary. Transient vessels are not required to be included in such lists. Such lists shall be available during normal business hours for inspection by any boating law enforcement officer. Any boat yard, public or private marina, condominium or other entity renting, leasing or controlling slips, dry storage, moorings or other spaces for vessels during the period of any year from April fifteenth to October fifteenth, or any yacht club, boat club or cooperative or other group assigning slips or moorings for vessels as part of membership rights, which fails to maintain the lists required in this section or fails to make the same available for inspection by any boating law enforcement officer shall have committed a violation and shall be fined two hundred dollars.

(P.A. 81-423, S. 21, 25; P.A. 82-348, S. 4, 6; P.A. 83-455, S. 3, 4; P.A. 84-546, S. 48, 173; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 82-348 applied provisions to condominium and cooperative marinas, added a penalty provision under which any facility providing space for mooring or storage of vessels which fails to maintain the list required in this section shall have committed a violation and shall be fined $200; P.A. 83-455 provided that such lists shall be compiled on forms furnished by commissioner of environmental protection, and in addition to information already required, shall contain such information as said commissioner deems necessary; P.A. 84-546 made technical changes; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-151. Records of Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Remission and report of fees. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall keep a record of all registration numbers assigned by him and of all certificates of number and certificates of registration recorded with him. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall remit monthly to the Treasurer of the state all registration fees paid to him and he shall report to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection monthly for all fees so remitted.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 18; 1963, P.A. 564, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 132; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 390; P.A. 73-257, S. 17, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 11, 25; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: 1963 act provided clerk should forward applications and notices monthly instead of weekly and remit fees to treasurer monthly instead of quarterly; 1967 act deleted clause calling for deposit of registration fees in general fund; 1971 act replaced “commission”, referring to boating commission, with “commissioner”, referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 made commissioner of motor vehicles responsible for record-keeping, deleted provisions re reports to environmental protection commissioner except for monthly reports of fees and deleted Subsec. (b) re assessment of recording fee by town clerk; P.A. 81-423 replaced reference to identification numbers with reference to registration numbers and added reference to certificates of registration; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-152. False statement, penalty. Every statement made in an application, notice or report required by this part shall be upon oath or affirmation. Any person who knowingly makes a material false statement, in addition to such other penalty as may be imposed by law, shall be subject to the cancellation of his certificate of number or certificate of registration and registration number.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 19; P.A. 81-423, S. 12, 25.)

History: P.A. 81-423 inserted reference to certificate of registration and replaced “identification” number with “registration” number.

Sec. 15-153. Alteration or defacing of certificate of number or registration or alteration, removal or obliteration of number displayed on vessel. No person shall alter or deface a certificate of number or registration or alter, remove or obliterate the number displayed on a vessel. Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 20; P.A. 76-381, S. 33; P.A. 81-423, S. 13, 25.)

History: P.A. 76-381 stated that violation is an infraction; P.A. 81-423 inserted changes consistent with those in other sections of the act, replacing identification numbers with registration numbers and “motorboat” with “vessel”.

Sec. 15-154. Enforcement. Refusal to stop vessel or take vessel to designated area. Rules for avoiding interference with operation of law enforcement vessel or fire rescue vessel. Penalties. (a) Any harbor master, deputy harbor master, conservation officer, special conservation officer or state police officer and any municipal police officer, any special police officer appointed under sections 29-18 and 29-19, any town marine officers appointed under section 15-154a and certified by the commissioner for marine police duty and any lake patrolman appointed under section 7-151b may enforce the provisions of section 15-16a, this chapter and chapter 446k, except that only peace officers shall enforce the provisions of section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133 and sections 15-140l and 15-140n. In the enforcement of this chapter, such officer may arrest, without previous complaint and warrant, any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter. Failure to appear in court pursuant to such arrest, unless excused by the court or the state’s attorney or assistant state’s attorney, shall constitute sufficient cause for the suspension by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of the boat registration of the boat involved for not more than thirty days or until the matter is resolved by the court, whichever is sooner.

(b) When engaged in the enforcement of this chapter and chapter 446k, such officer shall have the authority to stop and board any vessel which is under way or which is moored on the waters of this state for the purposes of (1) examining decals, certificates and other documents, (2) inspecting safety equipment and waste disposal systems, (3) determining if the operation of such vessel exceeds the noise levels established in subsection (b) of section 15-129, (4) searching when such officer has probable cause to believe that any provision of any law of this state or any rule or regulation of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection relating to boating or water pollution has been violated, (5) determining compliance with section 15-132a, subsections (d) and (e) of section 15-133 and sections 15-140l and 15-140n, when such authorized officer has probable cause to believe said section or subsection has been violated, and (6) making arrests.

(c) No person operating a vessel shall refuse to stop such vessel or, if sea conditions make stopping in that area unsafe, refuse to take such vessel to a designated area after being requested or signaled to do so by such officer. Any person operating a vessel who refuses to stop or refuses to take such vessel to the designated area shall have committed an infraction. Any person, when signaled to stop by such officer in a law enforcement vessel using an audible signal device or flashing blue lights, who operates such vessel in disregard of such signal so as to (1) interfere with or endanger the operation of the law enforcement vessel or any other vessel, (2) endanger or cause damage to property or person, or (3) increase or maintain speed in an attempt to escape or elude such law enforcement officer shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. If such violation causes the death or serious physical injury of another person, the vessel operator shall be guilty of a class D felony, and such operator’s safe boating certificate, certificate of personal watercraft operation or right to operate a vessel that requires a certificate shall be suspended for one year. For any subsequent offense, such operator shall be guilty of a class D felony, except that if any prior offense by such operator under this section caused, and such subsequent offense causes, the death or serious physical injury of another person, such operator shall be guilty of a class D felony for which one year of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced by the court, and such operator’s safe boating certificate, certificate of personal watercraft operation or right to operate a vessel that requires a certificate shall be suspended for not less than eighteen months or more than two years. Proof of the registration number of the vessel shall be prima facie evidence in any prosecution that the owner was the operator. For purposes of this subsection, “serious physical injury” means physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.

(d) Upon the immediate approach of a law enforcement vessel using an audible signal device and flashing blue lights or a fire rescue vessel using an audible signal device and flashing red or yellow lights, any person operating a vessel shall immediately slow to a speed sufficient to maintain steerage only, shall alter course, within its ability, so as not to inhibit or interfere with the operation of the law enforcement vessel or fire rescue vessel, and shall proceed, unless otherwise directed by an officer in the law enforcement vessel or fire rescue vessel, at a reduced speed until beyond the area of operation of the law enforcement vessel or fire rescue vessel. Any person operating a vessel who wilfully or negligently obstructs or retards any law enforcement or fire rescue vessel answering an emergency call or in pursuit of fleeing law violators shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars.

(e) Any person operating a vessel passing within two hundred feet of a stationary law enforcement vessel using an audible signal device and flashing blue lights or a stationary fire rescue vessel using flashing red or yellow lights shall reduce speed to a speed of slow-no-wake until there is a distance of more than two hundred feet between such person’s vessel and the law enforcement vessel or fire rescue vessel. For purposes of this subsection, “slow-no-wake” means operation of a vessel at a speed that does not produce more than a minimum wake and is not greater than six miles per hour over ground, unless a higher minimum speed is necessary to maintain steerage when traveling with a strong current.

(f) A person who violates subsection (e) of this section shall be fined not less than fifty dollars or more than two hundred dollars.

(g) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall publish an enforcement manual, conduct training and educational sessions, serve as liaison between the enforcement groups and the Superior Court and shall be generally responsible for the overall coordination of enforcement.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 21; 1963, P.A. 552, S. 2; 1967, P.A. 170, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 219, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 54, S. 2; 872, S. 391; P.A. 73-257, S. 18, 27; P.A. 74-183, S. 205, 291; P.A. 76-381, S. 34; 76-436, S. 175, 681; P.A. 81-423, S. 14, 25; P.A. 82-472, S. 38, 48, 183; P.A. 84-268, S. 2; P.A. 87-505, S. 2, 9; P.A. 89-388, S. 9, 23, 27; P.A. 03-244, S. 7; P.A. 04-257, S. 28; P.A. 05-133, S. 2; P.A. 07-179, S. 1; P.A. 09-140, S. 12; P.A. 10-32, S. 54; P.A. 11-80, S. 1; 11-90, S. 2; P.A. 12-80, S. 9.)

History: 1963 act added volunteer police auxiliary force member to Subsec. (a); 1967 act substituted “chapter” for “part”, amended Subsec. (b) to allow boarding of boat operated in reckless manner, to expand provisions re stopping boat when signalled to do so and to include provision for fine and added Subsec. (c) re enforcement by boat safety commission; 1969 act provided in Subsec. (a) for suspension of registration for failure to appear in court; 1971 acts allowed enforcement of chapter provisions by town marine officer and replaced “boating commission” and “commission” with “commissioner” referring to commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 73-257 gave enforcement power to special police officer, extended enforcement to part II of chapter 474 and chapter 474a, replaced references to summons with references to arrest powers, gave power to suspend registration to motor vehicles commissioner rather than environmental protection commissioner and deleted provision which allowed arrest only on court order or warrant issued by prosecuting officer and amended Subsec. (b) to allow officer to stop boats as specified, replacing requirement that patrols be made only in marked police vessels and that vessels be stopped only if ID number not displayed or if boat is operated recklessly; P.A. 74-183 replaced circuit court with court of common pleas in Subsec. (c); P.A. 76-381 replaced provision for $50 maximum fine in Subsec. (b) with statement that violator deemed to have committed an infraction; P.A. 76-436 replaced “prosecutor” with “state’s attorney” or “assistant state’s attorney” in Subsec. (a) and replaced court of common pleas with superior court in Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 81-423 inserted “vessel” in lieu of “motorboat” where appropriate in Subsec. (b); P.A. 82-472 divided Subsec. (b) into Subdivs. and made other technical corrections; P.A. 84-268 added new Subsec. (b)(3) authorizing an officer to stop and board vessels to determine compliance with noise level standards and renumbered the remaining Subdivs. accordingly; P.A. 87-505 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision re penalty failure to stop a vessel and substituted reference to searching with “probable cause” for reference to searching without a warrant; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize lake patrolmen to enforce boating law and water pollution control law and added Subsec. (b)(5) re probable cause for violations of Sec. 15-133 and renumbering the remaining Subdiv. accordingly; P.A. 03-244 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision re members of volunteer police auxiliary force and to provide that only peace officers shall enforce Secs. 15-33(d), 15-140l and 15-140n and amended Subsec. (b) to add reference to Secs. 15-133(d) and (e), 15-140l and 15-140n and to make technical changes; P.A. 04-257 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 05-133 replaced reference to Sec. 15-33 with reference to Sec. 15-133 in Subsec. (a), divided Subsec. (b) into Subsecs. (b) and (c), made technical changes, replaced former provisions re fines with provisions re penalties for refusal to stop vessel or take vessel to designated area if violation causes serious physical injury to another person and defined “serious physical injury” in Subsec. (c) and redesignated former Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d); P.A. 07-179 added new Subsecs. (d), (e) and (f) re rules for avoiding interference with operation of law enforcement vessel or fire rescue vessel and penalties for violations thereof and redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (g), effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 09-140 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by adding references to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009; P.A. 10-32 made a technical change in Subsec. (f), effective May 10, 2010; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” and “Department of Environmental Protection” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” and “Department of Energy and Environmental Protection”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-90 amended Subsec. (a) to include authority to enforce Sec. 15-16a, effective July 8, 2011; P.A. 12-80 amended Subsec. (d) to replace penalty of a fine of not more than $200 or imprisonment of not more than 7 days or both with a fine of not more than $250.

Cited. 224 C. 29.

Sec. 15-154a. Town marine officers and auxiliaries. (a) The selectmen of any town may appoint for such length of time as they determine such number of special constables to be called town marine officers as they deem necessary to enforce the provisions of this chapter, section 53-134, subsection (b) of section 53a-119b and section 53a-182 on any body of water that lies wholly or partially within the jurisdiction of the town, and the provisions of section 22a-250 on any body of water that lies wholly or partially within the jurisdiction of the town or upon land adjacent to such body of water and within the jurisdiction of the town.

(b) The selectmen of any town may appoint for such length of time as they determine town marine auxiliaries to the municipal police. Such auxiliaries may monitor any body of water wholly or partially within the jurisdiction of the town or land adjacent to such body of water for compliance with the provisions of this chapter, section 53-134, subsection (b) of section 53a-119b and section 53a-182, provided such auxiliaries shall not have the power to arrest any person and shall not be considered peace or police officers. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall develop a training program for such auxiliaries.

(1971, P.A. 54, S. 1; P.A. 73-257, S. 19, 27; P.A. 75-87; P.A. 79-166; P.A. 80-341, S. 1; P.A. 86-89, S. 1, 4; P.A. 98-200; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 73-257 deleted provision re training and supervision of constables by commissioner of environmental protection; P.A. 75-87 added reference to Sec. 22a-27d; P.A. 79-166 qualified enforcement power with respect to Sec. 22a-27d and added reference to Sec. 53a-182; P.A. 80-341 added reference to Subsec. (b) of Sec. 53a-119b; P.A. 86-89 added reference to Sec. 53-134 and substituted reference to Sec. 22a-250 for reference to Sec. 22a-27d; P.A. 98-200 added Subsec. (b) re town marine auxiliaries; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-154b. Violation on waters between towns. Whenever any person or persons are committing a violation of the state boating laws or regulations, on that portion of any waters lying between two or more towns, any officer of either town, empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter, or other persons of either town who are authorized to make arrests for such violations shall have authority to make arrests on any portion of any such waters lying between such towns.

(P.A. 73-257, S. 24, 27; P.A. 75-567, S. 25, 80.)

History: P.A. 75-567 deleted reference to officers’ authority to take violator to proper circuit court for prosecution.

Sec. 15-154c. Attachment of property of town marine officer prohibited. No attachments shall be made against the real or personal property of any town marine officer appointed in accordance with section 15-154a for any actions taken in the performance of his duties.

(P.A. 77-433.)

Sec. 15-155. Distribution of revenue received in fees for numbering and registration of vessels. Boating account. Section 15-155 is repealed, effective May 4, 2011.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 22; 1963, P.A. 564, S. 2; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 392; P.A. 73-257, S. 20, 27; P.A. 76-365, S. 1, 2; P.A. 81-423, S. 15, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 5, 11; 82-472, S. 49, 183; P.A. 83-266, S. 1, 4; 83-587, S. 30, 96; P.A. 84-495, S. 2, 4; P.A. 86-418, S. 2, 3; P.A. 94-130, S. 10; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 394; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-8, S. 21; P.A. 10-179, S. 57; P.A. 11-6, S. 165; 11-80, S. 1, 13.)

Secs. 15-155a and 15-155b. Annual report of receipts from vessel registration fees and payments therefrom. State distribution of revenue from fees for vessel registration. Sections 15-155a and 15-155b are repealed, effective October 1, 2009.

(P.A. 81-423, S. 19, 20, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 6, 11; P.A. 83-266, S. 2, 4; P.A. 94-65, S. 3, 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 513.)

Sec. 15-155c. Registration fees collected in 1982 exceeding amounts distributed to Boating Fund and towns to be allowed as credits against fees payable in 1983. Section 15-155c is repealed.

(P.A. 81-423, S. 23, 25; P.A. 82-436, S. 7, 11; P.A. 84-495, S. 3, 4.)

Secs. 15-155d and 15-155e. Annual report re boating account. State distribution of revenue from fees for vessel registration. Sections 15-155d and 15-155e are repealed, effective May 4, 2011.

(Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-8, S. 37, 38; P.A. 11-6, S. 165; 11-80, S. 1.)

Sec. 15-156. Penalties. Operation of vessel while safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation refused, suspended or revoked. Jurisdiction. Return of certificate to commissioner. (a) Any person who violates any provision of this part for which a penalty is not provided shall have committed an infraction.

(b) No person to whom a safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation has been refused, or whose certificate or right to operate a vessel in this state has been suspended or revoked, shall operate any vessel during the period of such refusal, suspension or revocation. No person shall operate or cause to be operated any vessel, the registration of which has been suspended or revoked.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, any person who violates any provision of subsection (b) of this section shall, for a first offense, be fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars or more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than three months, or be both fined and imprisoned, and, for any subsequent offense, be fined not less than two hundred dollars or more than six hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or be both fined and imprisoned.

(d) (1) Any person who operates any vessel during the period such person’s certificate or right to operate a vessel in this state is under suspension or revocation on account of a violation of subsection (d) of section 15-133 or subsection (c) of section 15-154 shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars or more than one thousand dollars and imprisoned not more than one year. In the absence of any mitigating circumstances, as determined by the court, thirty consecutive days of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced in any manner. The court shall specifically state, in writing, for the record any mitigating circumstances, or the absence thereof.

(2) Any person convicted of reckless operation of a vessel in the first or second degree while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, in violation of section 15-140l or 15-140n, or of manslaughter in the second degree with a vessel, in violation of section 15-132a, who operates a vessel during the period such person’s certificate or right to operate a vessel in this state is under suspension or revocation, in addition to any penalties imposed in accordance with said sections or section 15-140o, shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars or more than one thousand dollars and imprisoned not more than one year. In the absence of any mitigating circumstances as determined by the court, thirty consecutive days of the sentence imposed may not be suspended or reduced in any manner. The court shall specifically state, in writing, for the record any mitigating circumstances, or the absence thereof.

(3) A court having jurisdiction of a violation of subdivision (1) or (2) of this subsection may prohibit such person from operating any vessel on any waters of this state for a period of not more than two years. Notice of such suspension shall be transmitted forthwith by the court to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

(e) Any person who has had a safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation suspended or revoked under section 15-132a, subsection (d) of section 15-133 or section 15-140l, 15-140n or 15-154 shall, not later than two business days after the suspension or revocation takes effect, return the certificate to the commissioner. If such person fails to return the certificate to the commissioner, the commissioner shall direct a conservation law enforcement officer to secure possession thereof and to return the certificate to the office of the commissioner. Failure of such person to return the certificate shall be an infraction.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 23; P.A. 73-257, S. 21, 27; P.A. 81-423, S. 16, 25; P.A. 82-223, S. 27; 82-348, S. 3, 6; P.A. 89-388, S. 16, 27; P.A. 05-133, S. 1; P.A. 09-140, S. 13; P.A. 11-80, S. 1; P.A. 12-80, S. 169.)

History: P.A. 73-257 added Subsec. (e) re suspension of privilege to operate boat when conviction made for reckless or negligent operation while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; P.A. 81-423 inserted references to registration consistent with other sections of the act; P.A. 82-348, in conjunction with P.A. 82-223, deleted references to specific penalties in former Subsecs. (a) to (e) and provided that any violation of a provision in part III of chapter 268 for which a penalty is not provided shall be an infraction and increased fine for any person operating a vessel in violation of a court prohibition from $100 to $200; P.A. 89-388 amended Subsec. (b) to add provisions re violations in the first or second degree for consistency with legislative enactment of such violations in 1989; P.A. 05-133 prohibited operation of vessel by person who has had safe boating certificate or certificate of personal watercraft operation refused, suspended or revoked in new Subsec. (b), provided penalty for violation of Subsec. (b) in new Subsec. (c), provided penalties for operation of vessel when certificate under suspension or revocation for violation of Sec. 15-133(d) or Sec. 15-154(c) in new Subsec. (d)(1), redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (d)(2) and (3) and expanded penalty provisions to include person convicted of reckless operation of vessel during period certificate or right to operate is under suspension or revocation, increase fines and impose possibility of imprisonment, and required return of certificate to commissioner or commissioner to direct conservation law enforcement officer to secure possession of certificate in new Subsec. (e); P.A. 09-140 replaced “the mitigating circumstances” with “any mitigating circumstances” in Subsec. (d)(1) and amended Subsecs. (d)(2) and (e) by adding references to Sec. 15-132a, effective July 1, 2009; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection” in Subsec. (d)(3), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-80 amended Subsec. (c) to rephrase provisions and replace maximum term of imprisonment for first offense of “ninety days” with “three months”.

Sec. 15-157. Special acts and ordinances superseded. All special acts and municipal ordinances contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of this part are superseded and shall be of no force or effect. No political subdivision of the state shall enact or attempt to enforce any ordinance or regulation respecting the licensing, registration or numbering of vessels or impose any fee for the right to operate a vessel on any waterway within its territorial limits.

(1961, P.A. 506, S. 24; P.A. 81-423, S. 17, 25.)

History: P.A. 81-423 inserted references to registration and replaced “motor boat(s)” with “vessel(s)” consistent with other sections of the act.

Secs. 15-158 to 15-169. Reserved for future use.

PART IV

DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE FROM VESSELS

Sec. 15-170. Discharge of sewage from vessels: Definitions. For the purposes of this section and sections 15-171 to 15-175, inclusive:

(1) “Discharge” means spill, leak, pump, pour, emit, empty or dump;

(2) “Docking facility” means any public, private or commercial marina, yacht club, dock, wharf or in-water mooring used for anchoring, berthing, mooring, serving or otherwise handling vessels, and includes a facility organized as a common interest community;

(3) “Marine sanitation device” means any equipment for installation on board a vessel which is designed to receive, retain, treat or discharge sewage;

(4) “Sewage” means human body wastes and the wastes from toilets and other receptacles intended to receive or retain body wastes;

(5) “Vessel” means every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water; and

(6) “No discharge zone” means those bodies of water in this state that the United States Environmental Protection Agency designates as no discharge areas pursuant to 33 USC 1322.

(P.A. 90-173, S. 1; P.A. 91-333, S. 3, 4; P.A. 10-106, S. 2; P.A. 11-59, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 91-333 amended the definition of “no discharge zone” to include certain waters off the town of Fairfield and Cockenoe Island in Westport; P.A. 10-106 redefined “sewage” and “no discharge zone”; P.A. 11-59 made technical changes, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-171. Discharge within no discharge zone prohibited. No person shall discharge sewage from any vessel within a no discharge zone.

(P.A. 90-173, S. 2.)

Sec. 15-172. Provision of pump-out facilities. (a) The commissioner may require any docking facility constructed with or expanded to one hundred fifty slips or more on or after October 1, 1990, and may, on or after the effective date of regulations adopted pursuant to section 15-174, order any docking facility in a no discharge zone with one hundred fifty slips or more or, if no docking facility has one hundred fifty slips, the docking facility with the greatest number of slips to (1) provide and operate pump-out facilities on the premises for marine sanitation device holding tanks or (2) have a valid contract for the use of a reasonably proximate pump-out facility. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the authority of the commissioner under any other law.

(b) Prior to taking action pursuant to subsection (a) of this section with respect to any docking facility, the commissioner shall consider relevant facts and circumstances including but not limited to, the following: The size, type and number of vessels the docking facility can accommodate; the proximity and availability of other pump-out facilities off the premises; the location of the docking facility; the depth of the waters and general hydrological character of the area; the present and potential use of the area by vessels; recreational uses of the area; marine life of the area including, but not limited to, finfish, shellfish and wildlife; and water quality standards and criteria.

(P.A. 90-173, S. 3.)

Sec. 15-173. Docking facility in violation of requirement or order deemed public nuisance. Civil and criminal penalties for violations. (a) Any docking facility in violation of any requirement or order of the commissioner issued pursuant to section 15-172 shall be deemed a public nuisance. The Attorney General shall, at the request of the commissioner, institute proceedings to enjoin or abate any such nuisance.

(b) Any person owning or operating a docking facility in violation of any requirement or order issued pursuant to section 15-172 or any regulation issued pursuant to section 15-174, or who commits, takes part in or assists in any violation of the terms or conditions of such requirement or order shall forfeit to the state a sum not to exceed ten thousand dollars, to be fixed by the court, for each offense. Each violation shall be a separate and distinct offense, and, in the case of a continuing violation, each day’s continuance thereof shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense. The Attorney General shall, at the request of the commissioner, institute a civil action to recover such forfeiture.

(c) Any person who wilfully or with criminal negligence violates any provision of section 15-171 or 15-172 shall be fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars per day for each day of violation or be imprisoned not more than one year or both. A subsequent conviction for any such violation shall carry a fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars per day for each day of violation or imprisonment for not more than two years or both. For the purposes of this subsection, “person” includes any responsible corporate officer.

(P.A. 90-173, S. 4.)

Sec. 15-174. Regulations. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of sections 15-170 to 15-173, inclusive. Such regulations may include: (1) Standards and criteria for the design and operation of pump-out facilities including, but not limited to, the specification of reasonable capacities, number of stations, methods of disposal and standards and criteria for marina sanitation facilities, and (2) provisions for contracts for the use of reasonably proximate pump-out facilities.

(P.A. 90-173, S. 5; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Commissioner of Environmental Protection” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-175. Penalty for misuse of or failure to equip vessel with marine sanitation device. (a) Any person owning or operating a vessel which is equipped with a marine sanitation device having any type of operational bypass connection, pump or other system allowing the direct or indirect discharge of untreated sewage and from which untreated sewage is discharged into the waters of this state shall have committed a class A misdemeanor.

(b) Any person owning or operating a vessel which is required to be equipped with a marine sanitation device in accordance with Section 312 of the federal Clean Water Act (33 USC 1322) and which is found without such equipment or with such equipment in a nonoperable condition shall have committed an infraction.

(P.A. 90-173, S. 6.)

Sec. 15-176. Reasonable time for compliance with requirement or order. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, if the commissioner requires or orders any person or docking facility to comply with the provisions of sections 15-170 to 15-175, inclusive, such requirement or order shall specify a reasonable time for compliance, during which period no penalty shall be levied or assessed. In setting a reasonable time for compliance, the commissioner shall consider all relevant factors, including seasonal construction limitations.

(P.A. 90-173, S. 11.)

Secs. 15-177 to 15-179. Reserved for future use.

PART V

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Sec. 15-180. Transporting vessel or trailer without inspecting for and properly removing and disposing of vegetation and aquatic invasive species. Penalty. (a) No person shall transport a vessel, as defined in section 15-127, or any trailer used to transport such vessel, in the state without first inspecting such vessel for the presence of vegetation and aquatic invasive species, as determined by the commissioner, and properly removing and disposing of any such vegetation and aquatic invasive species that are visible and identifiable without optical magnification from such vessel or trailer.

(b) Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars for each such violation.

(P.A. 03-136, S. 6; P.A. 12-167, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 03-136 effective June 26, 2003; P.A. 12-167 amended Subsec. (a) to add requirements that inspection include aquatic invasive species, as determined by the commissioner, and that such aquatic invasive species that are visible and identifiable without optical magnification be disposed of from such vessel or trailer, effective July 1, 2012.

See Sec. 15-140e re courses in safe boating operation to include instruction in the proper inspection of vessels and trailers for vegetation, and the proper disposal of such vegetation.