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Unless otherwise provided in this title, the following terms used in this title are defined as follows:

(1) "County" means the county council.

(2) "Darkness" means that period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

(3) "Float" means any anchored man-made structure unattached to the shore where any vessel may dock.

(4) "Idling speed" means that speed of any motorboat while underway resulting while its propulsion machinery is set at the machine’s slowest possible speed.

(5) "Length" as it refers to vessels means the overall distance measured in a straight line parallel to the centerline from the foremost part of the vessel to the aftermost part of the vessel, excluding bowsprits, bumpkins, rudders, outboard motors and brackets, and similar fittings and attachments.

(6) "Motorboat" means any vessel underway under propulsion in whole or in part by machinery. The term shall include seaplanes while taxiing and/or while otherwise not subject to any valid state or federal law or regulation governing the operation of seaplanes.

(7) "Operator" means any natural person in actual physical control of any vessel.

(8) "Person" means any natural person, partnership, association, corporation, or organization.

(9) "Personal watercraft" means a vessel that is less than sixteen feet in length, that uses a motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power, and that is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, or being towed behind, the vessel, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.

(10) "Race-type boat" means any motorboat operated at a speed in excess of 35 miles per hour.

(11) "Rowboat" means any vessel underway under propulsion in whole manually.

(12) "Sailboat." Any vessel underway under propulsion in whole by sail, or in part by sail and in part manually, shall be considered a sailboat.

(13) "Safety buoy" means any buoy established as herein provided and constructed to conform to the state uniform waterway marking system.

(14) "Safety buoy line" means the straight line between any two safety buoys or the straight line between any safety buoy and the point on the shoreline closest to such safety buoys.

(15) "Sheriff" means the sheriff of Snohomish county or any duly appointed deputy sheriff of Snohomish county.

(16) "Shoreline" means the land bordering any existing body of water.

(17) "Vessel" means every description of watercraft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation.

(18) "Visible," as it refers to the hours of darkness, means capable of being seen on a dark night with a clear atmosphere; as it refers to the daytime hours, means capable of being seen on a dull day with the atmosphere clear of fog, haze, or rain.

(19) "Water-ski" means to plane over the water with or without any floating device while being towed by any vessel. The term shall include water-skiing, freeboarding, aquaplaning and similar devices and/or activities.

(20) "Wharf" means any manmade structure attached to the shore where any vessel may dock. (Added by Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Amended by Ord. 99-098 § 1, Dec. 8, 1999, Eff date Dec. 20, 1999).