Those waters directly connected to the Great Lakes and territorial seas including bays, sounds, harbors, rivers, and inlets where any entrance exceeds 2 nautical miles between opposite shorelines to the first point where the largest distance between shorelines narrows to 2 miles, as shown on the National Ocean Service chart used for navigation. Shorelines of islands or points of land present within a waterway are considered when determining the distance between opposite shorelines.
“Dealer", for the purpose of s. 30.52 (5) (a) 3.
, Stats., means a person engaged wholly or in part in the business of selling or distributing boats to customers for profit or commission and who has made a substantial financial investment in the business.
“Demonstrate", for the purposes of s. 30.52 (5) (a) 3.
, Stats., means the showing of a boat, boat motor or boat trailer to a specific customer in an effort to sell or show the operation of the boat, boat motor or boat trailer with a paid employee of the manufacturer or dealer either operating or accompanying the operator.
“Display area" is the area on a sign or buoy needed for display of a waterway marker symbol.
“Fixed marker in the water" includes signs placed on permanent structures within the ordinary high water mark.
“Guardian", for the purposes of s. 30.68 (3)
, Stats., means a person named by a court as having the duty and authority for the care and management of a minor.
“Lake", for the purpose of s. 30.66
, Stats., means a lake, reservoir, flowage or millpond, or portion thereof, that is listed by the department in the most current version of Wisconsin Lakes, Publ-FH-800, or any other body of water determined by the department to be a lake consistent with the test established in Ne-pee-nauk Club v. Wilson,
96 Wis. 290 (1897), with the exception of the Kilbourn flowage in Juneau and Adams counties.
“Lifeboat" means a boat or other vessel that is being used exclusively for the purpose of transporting a person from a vessel in distress.
“Manufacturer" means any individual, partnership, or corporation which manufactures, assembles, or imports any engine model for the propulsion of motorboats.
“Model" means a complete engine offered for sale.
“Model group" means 2 or more similar models that can reasonably be expected to have the same noise levels, but which differ in nonmaterial respects.
“Muffler" as referenced in s. 30.62 (2) (a)
, Stats., means a device or means to reduce noise, forming part of the exhaust system, and includes an underwater exhaust.
“Public access", for the purposes of s. 30.635
, Stats., and this chapter means any site through which the general public may gain legal access to a body of water by the process of launching a boat.
“Recommended number of persons", for the purpose of ss. 30.501 (2) (a) 2.
and 30.68 (9)
, Stats., means the maximum number of persons that may occupy a boat, as indicated on the boat's capacity plate.
NR 5.001 Note
Note: “Recommended number of persons" is independent of any weight limits that apply to the boat; the term is applied regardless of whether the weight limits are not exceeded.
“Regulatory marker" is a waterway marker which has no equivalent in the U. S. coast guard aid to navigation.
“Rental agent" means a person who is in the business of renting or leasing motor boats to the public.
“Safe carrying capacity", for the purposes of s. 30.68 (9)
, Stats., means all of the following:
The maximum number of persons allowed and the maximum allowed total weight of person, motor, gear, and other articles placed aboard as displayed on a boat's capacity plate, under normal conditions.
Less than the maximum number of persons or the maximum allowed total weight of person, motor, gear, and other articles placed aboard as displayed on a boat's capacity plate when taking into consideration abnormal weather or other existing operating conditions.
“Sign" is any device for carrying a message which is attached to another object such as a piling, buoy, structure or the land itself.
“State aid to navigation" is a waterway marker which is the equivalent of a U. S. coast guard aid to navigation.
“Symbols" are geometric figures such as diamond, circle, rectangle, used to convey a basic message.
“Test", for the purposes of s. 30.52 (5) (a) 3.
, Stats., means an examination of a boat, boat motor or boat trailer for the specific purpose of determining the worthiness of the item conducted by a paid employee of a boat dealer or manufacturer.
“Throwable PFD" means a PFD that is intended to be thrown to a person in the water. A throwable PFD includes a PFD marked as Type IV or Type V with Type IV performance. Unless specifically marked otherwise, a wearable PFD is not a throwable PFD.
“Water skis, aquaplane or similar device", for the purposes of s. 30.69
, Stats., and this chapter includes, but is not limited to, water skis, kneeboards, wakeboards, inflatable devices or barefoot or skiless skiing.
“Waterway marker" is any device designed to be placed in, on or near the water to convey an official message to a boat operator on matters which may affect health, safety, or well being, except that such devices of the United States or an agency of the United States are excluded from the meaning of this definition for all purposes except for enforcement of s. 30.68 (7)
“Wearable PFD" means a PFD that is intended to be worn or otherwise attached to the body. A wearable PFD includes a PFD marked as Type I, Type II, Type III, or Type V with Type I, II or III performance.
NR 5.001 History
Cr. Register, October, 1988, No. 394
, eff. 11-1-88; renum. (2) to be (7), cr. (3), (4), (16), renum. NR 5.09 (1) (a) to (h), NR 5.125 (1) (a) to (d) to be NR 5.001 (17), (12), (14), (2), (13), (5), (15), (6), (8), (11), (9) and (10), Register, July, 1993, No. 451
, eff. 8-1-93; cr. (7m), Register, March, 2000, No. 531
, eff. 4-1-00; CR 01-007
: cr. (1m), (11m) and (16m), Register November 2001 No. 551
, eff. 12-1-01; CR 06-132
: cr. (12g) Register August 2007 No. 620
, eff. 9-1-07; CR 06-133
: renum. (7m) and (11m) to be (7g) and (11g), cr. (7r), (11r) and (12m) Register August 2007 No. 620
, eff. 9-1-07; CR 14-048: cr. (2m), (11c), (16a), (16b), (17a) Register May 2015 No. 713, eff. 6-1-15; correction in numbering (2m) (a) to (c) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register May 2015 No. 713, eff. 6-1-15.
NR 5.01 Application for boat certificate of number or registration. NR 5.01(1)(1)
An application for a certificate of number must contain the following information:
Identification information for each vessel owner who applies for a certificate of number to include any of the following:
State in which boat is or will be principally operated.
The number previously issued by an issuing authority for the boat, if any.
Whether the application is for a new number, renewal of a number, or transfer of ownership.
Whether the boat is used for pleasure, rent or lease, dealer or manufacturer demonstration, commercial passenger carrying, commercial fishing, or other commercial use.
Manufacturer's hull identification number, if any.
Whether the hull is wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, or other.
Whether the propulsion is inboard, outboard, inboard-outdrive, or sail and name of engine manufacturer if available.
Whether the fuel is gasoline, diesel, or other.
An application made by a manufacturer or dealer for a number that is to be temporarily affixed to a boat for demonstration or test purposes may omit items sub. (1) (i)
Any application for boat registration accepted by a boat manufacturer or boat dealer for forwarding to the department on behalf of a customer shall be forwarded to the department within 7 days of the sale along with the required forms and fees.
An application made by a person who intends to lease or rent the boat without propulsion machinery may omit items sub. (1) (o)
An application for registration of a federally documented vessel shall contain the assigned federal documentation number, the name of the vessel and the hailing port as described in the documentation papers for that vessel in addition to the information required in sub. (1)
Free certificate of number.
A person who intends to use a boat exclusively as part of an advertisement being made for the manufacturer of the boat may apply for a free certificate of number for the boat as authorized under s. 30.52 (3g)
A person applying for a free certificate of number under this subsection shall submit an application on the form provided by the department that contains all of the information required by the department which may include any information required under sub. (1)
NR 5.01 Note
Note: A person may request a free certificate of number application form by calling (608) 266-2621 or by writing to the following address: Wisconsin DNR, Bureau of Customer Service and Licensing, 101 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707-7921.
(c) Additional information.
In addition to the information required under par. (b)
, the application shall contain all of the following:
The beginning and ending dates for the period the boat will be used exclusively for making the advertisement, but not to exceed a total of 15 days.
The name of the county in which the boat will be operated.
(d) Effective period.
The department shall issue a certificate of number with a suffix of TN for the boat, which shall be valid for not more than 15 consecutive days.
Upon being issued a certificate of number notification and awarded an identification number and decals by the department, the person making the advertisement shall paint on or attach the identification number and decals to each side of the forward half of the boat as prescribed under s. NR 5.06
Notwithstanding s. NR 5.06 (2)
, the identification number may be attached to removable signs to be temporarily but firmly mounted upon or attached to the boat while being operated. No number other than the identification number awarded by the department under this paragraph may be painted, attached or otherwise displayed on either side of the forward half of a boat.
NR 5.01 Note
Section 30.52 (3g)
, Stats., states: (a) A boat that is present in this state and used exclusively as part of an advertisement being made for the manufacturer of the boat shall be issued a certificate of number for a period not to exceed 15 days. The department may not charge a fee for the issuance of a certificate of number under this paragraph. (b) The department shall promulgate rules for the issuance of certificates of number under par. (a).
NR 5.01 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; renum. from WCD 5.01 to be NR 5.01, Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71; am., Register, June, 1974, No. 222
, eff. 7-1-74; cr. (4), Register, April, 1985, No. 352
, eff. 5-1-85; renum. (2) to be (2) (a), cr. (2) (b), Register, July, 1993, No. 451
, eff. 8-1-93; CR 06-133
: cr. (5) Register August 2007 No. 620
, eff. 9-1-07; CR 14-048: am. (1) (a) to (c), cr. (1) (cm), am. (1) (e) Register May 2015 No. 713, eff. 6-1-15.
NR 5.02 Application for transfer.
An application for a transfer certificate of number in addition to furnishing the information required by s. NR 5.01
shall include a statement by the applicant listing the name and address of the previous owner, his or her certificate number, and the date on which the boat was acquired by the applicant. The applicant shall also sign the statement and send the previous owner's card to the department with the application for transfer.
NR 5.02 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; renum. from WCD 5.02 to be NR 5.02, and am., Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71; am., Register, April, 1985, No. 352
, eff. 5-1-85.
NR 5.03 Application for duplicate.
An applicant for a duplicate certificate of number in addition to furnishing the information required by s. NR 5.01
shall complete and sign a statement that the original certificate has been either destroyed or lost and that the application being made is for a duplicate.
NR 5.03 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; renum. from WCD 5.03 to be NR 5.03, and am., Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71.
NR 5.04 Certificate of number. NR 5.04(1)
The boat certificate of number issued in accordance with s. 30.52
, Stats., except as allowed in subs. (2)
, must contain the following information:
Whether the boat is used for pleasure, rent or lease, dealer or manufacturer demonstration, commercial passenger carrying, commercial fishing or other commercial use.
Manufacturer's hull identification number (if any).