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 boat is an open boat, cabin cruiser, houseboat, or other type.
Whether the propulsion is inboard, outboard, inboard-outdrive, or sail.
Whether the fuel is gasoline, diesel, or other.
A quotation of the state regulations pertaining to change of ownership or address; documentation, loss, destruction, abandonment, theft, or recovery of boat; carriage of the certificate of number on board when the boat is in use; rendering aid in a boat accident; and reporting of boat casualties and accidents.
A certificate of number issued to a boat that has a manufacturer' hull identification number assigned, may omit items sub. (1) (h)
if the manufacturer's hull identification number is plainly marked on the certificate.
A certificate of number issued to a manufacturer or dealer to be used on a boat for test or demonstration purposes may omit items sub. (1) (g)
if the word “manufacturer" or “dealer" is plainly marked on the certificate.
A certificate of number issued to a boat that is to be rented or leased without propulsion machinery may omit items sub. (1) (m)
if the words “livery boat" are plainly marked on the certificate.
NR 5.04 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; renum. from WCD 5.04 to be NR 5.04, Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71; am., Register, June, 1974, No. 222
, 7-1-74; CR 14-048: am. (1) (c) Register May 2015 No. 713, eff. 6-1-15.
NR 5.05 Numbering pattern to be used.
The boat certificate of number issued pursuant to s. 30.52
, Stats., shall be in accordance with the pattern described as follows:
The number shall be divided into parts. The first part of the number shall be an abbreviation in capital letters of the state of Wisconsin. This abbreviation shall be WS. The remainder of the number shall consist of not more nor less than 4 arabic numerals and 2 capital letters.
The group of numerals appearing between the abbreviation and the 2 letters shall be separated therefrom by hyphens or equivalent spaces as indicated by the following samples: WS-9999-AB, WS 9999 AB.
Since the letters “I", “O", and “Q" may be mistaken for arabic numerals, all letter sequences using “I", “O", and “Q" shall be omitted.
NR 5.05 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; am. (2), Register, March, 1966, No. 123
, eff. 4-1-66; renum. from WCD 5.05 to be NR 5.05, Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71.
NR 5.06 Display of numbers or decals on boats. NR 5.06(1)(1)
The assigned number shall be painted on, or attached to, each side of the forward half of the boat for which it was issued. The numbers shall be placed on the hull of the boat in such position as to provide clear legibility for identification. The numbers shall read from left to right and shall be in block characters of good proportion not less than 3 inches in height and shall be spaced as provided in s. NR 5.05 (2)
. The numbers shall be of a color which will contrast with the color of the background and so maintained as to be clearly visible and legible; i.e., dark numbers on a light background, or light numbers on a dark background.
Upon being issued a certificate of number card and certification decals, the owner of the boat shall permanently affix and display the decals on each side of the vessel, 3 inches aft (to the rear) of and directly in line with the numbers.
Upon being issued a registration card and registration decals, the owner shall permanently affix and display the registration decals on the transom (back of the boat) of the boat on each side of the federally documented name of the vessel in a manner so both decals are visible. If the federally documented name is displayed on the sides of the hull, the registration decals may be displayed 3 inches aft (to the rear) of and directly in line with the name.
No person may display on either side of the forward half of any numbered boat any number other than the registration number issued for the boat.
Upon assignment of a hull identification number required under s. 30.533 (2)
, Stats., the owner shall permanently affix the assigned hull identification number to the starboard side of the transom of the vessel to which the hull identification number is assigned. Each hull identification number must be carved, burned, stamped, embossed, molded, bonded, or otherwise permanently affixed to the watercraft so that alteration, removal, or replacement would be obvious. Use of a plate must be fastened so that removal would cause scarring or damage to surrounding hull area. Hull identification number characters must be no less than 1/4
inch in height and not attached to any removable part. The assigned hull identification number must be permanently affixed in 2 places.
The primary hull identification number in watercraft with transoms shall be affixed to the starboard outboard side within 2 inches of the top of transom, gunwale, or hull deck joint, whichever is lowest. On vessels without transoms or impractical to use transom, to the starboard outboard side of hull, aft, within one foot of the stern and within 2 inches of the top of the hull side, gunwale or hull deck joint, whichever is lowest. On catamarans and pontoon boats with replaceable hulls, to the aft crossbeam, within 1 foot of the starboard hull attachment.
The duplicate hull identification number shall be affixed in an unexposed location on the interior of the vessel or beneath a fitting or item of hardware.
NR 5.06 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; renum. from WCD 5.06 to be NR 5.06, and am. (1), Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71; am. (1), r. and recr. (2) and (3), cr. (4), Register, April, 1985, No. 352
, eff. 5-1-85; CR 14-048: cr. (5) Register May 2015 No. 713, eff. 6-1-15; correction in numbering (5) (ag), (ar) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register May 2015 No. 713.
NR 5.07 Transfer of ownership of numbered boat.
Whenever the owner of a boat covered by a valid or expired certificate of number issued by this state transfers all or any part of interest in such boat, other than by the creation of a security interest, shall notify the department of such transfer within 15 days.
NR 5.07 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; renum. from WCD 5.07 to be NR 5.07 and am., Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71.
Written reports of boating accidents required by s. 30.67
, Stats., shall be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707, on forms provided by the department, postmarked within 10 days after the date of the accident. Reportable accidents are defined as all boating accidents that result in loss of life, personal injury which required medical treatment beyond first aid, damage to the boat and other property exceeding $2,000.00, or complete loss of the boat. All reports shall contain the following information:
The registration numbers and names of the boats involved.
The name, address, date of birth, and experience of the operator of the reporting boat.
The type of boat, length, hull construction, propulsion power, and type of fuel of the reporting boat.
The type, nature, and opinion as to the cause of the accident.
A description of the damage to any property, including boats, and estimated cost of repairs.
The names and addresses of the operators of the other boats involved.
The names and addresses of the owners of boats or other property involved.
The names, addresses and dates of birth of all persons killed or injured.
The names of the law enforcement, fire, or rescue squad that furnished assistance.
The physical condition, swimming ability, dress, and contributing cause of drowning of each victim.
The kind and type of life saving or fire fighting equipment employed in connection with the accident.
The name, address and signature of the person filling out the report.
Every law enforcement agency receiving an operator's report of a boating accident as described in sub. (1)
and required by s. 30.67 (2) (a)
, Stats., shall forward the report to the department within 5 days of receipt of the report.
Every law enforcement agency investigating a boat accident as described in sub. (1)
shall forward the investigative report to the department within 15 days of the date of the accident. The report shall be made on a uniform boating accident investigative report form prescribed and supplied by the department in sufficient quantities to meet the requirements of the department and the law enforcement agency.
NR 5.08 Note
Note: Reports may be obtained from the Boating Safety Section, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707.
NR 5.08 History
Cr. Register, March, 1960, No. 51
, eff. 4-1-60; renum. from WCD 5.08 to be NR 5.08, and am. intro. par., Register, March, 1971, No. 183
, eff. 4-1-71; r. and recr. (intro.), am. (4) and (11), cr. (18), Register, April, 1985, No. 352
, eff. 5-1-85; emerg. am. (intro.), eff. 3-15-90; am. (intro.), Register, October, 1990, No. 418
, eff. 11-1-90; renum. (intro.), (1) to (18) to be (1) (intro.), (a) to (r), cr. (2), (3), Register, July, 1993, No. 451
, eff. 8-1-93; CR 01-007
: am. (1) (intro.), Register November 2001 No. 551
, eff. 12-1-01.
NR 5.09 Uniform aids to navigation. NR 5.09(2)
Waterway markers used on the waters of this state. NR 5.09(2)(a)1.1.
A red buoy or sign shall indicate that side of a channel to be kept to the right of a vessel when entering the channel from the main water body or when proceeding upstream.
A green buoy or sign shall indicate that side of a channel to be kept to the left of a vessel when entering the channel from the main water body or when proceeding upstream.
Buoys or signs in subds. 1.
shall normally be used in pairs and only for the purpose of marking a clearly defined channel.
A black and white vertically striped buoy or sign shall indicate the center of a navigable waterway.
Aids to navigation shall be numbered or lettered for identification. Red buoys and signs marking channels shall be identified with even numbers, and green buoys and signs marking channels shall be identified with odd numbers, the numbers increasing from the main body or proceeding upstream. Buoys and signs indicating the center of a waterway shall be identified by letters of the alphabet. All numbers and letters used to identify state aids to navigation shall be preceded by the letters “WS", as indicated by the following samples: WS-1, WS-A.
Letters and numerals used with aids to navigation shall be white, in block characters of good proportion and spaced in a manner which will provide maximum legibility. Such letters and numerals shall be at least 3 inches in height.
The shapes of aids to navigation shall be compatible with the shapes established by coast guard regulations for the equivalent coast guard aids to navigation.
Where reflectorized materials are used, a red reflector shall be used on a red buoy, and a green reflector on a green buoy.
A diamond shape of international orange with white center shall indicate danger. The nature of the danger may be indicated by words or well-known abbreviations in black letters inside the diamond shape, or above and/or below it on white background.
A diamond shape of international orange with a cross of the same color within it against a white center without qualifying explanation shall indicate a zone from which all vessels are excluded.
A circle of international orange with white center will indicate a control or restriction. The nature of the control or restriction shall be indicated by words, numerals, and/or well-known abbreviations in black letters inside the circle. Additional explanations may be given above and/or below it in black letters on white background.
A rectangular shape of international orange with white center will indicate information, other than a danger, control or restriction, which may contribute to health, safety or well-being. The message will be presented with the rectangle in black letters.
Letters or numerals used with regulatory markers shall be black, in block characters of good proportion, spaced in a manner which will provide maximum legibility, and of a size which will provide the necessary degree of visibility.
No waterway marker may be placed on, in, or near the waters of the state unless such placement is authorized by a political subdivision of the state except that the provisions of this section do not apply to waterway markers placed by the department or an authorized agency of the federal government.
Such political subdivision of the state shall, prior to authorizing placement, obtain the approval of the department. The political subdivision shall complete a waterway marker application form, indicating their approval or disapproval and submit the application to the department. The department shall review the application and approve or disapprove placement of the waterway markers. The department shall distribute a copy of the permit to the political subdivision, the applicant and the property owner. A copy of the permit will remain on file with the department. Mooring buoys placed within the boundaries of a state or federally approved mooring area are exempt from this section when such placement is authorized by the unit of government having jurisdiction. Approved waterway markers shall be labelled with a department assigned identification number. Waterway markers for which department approval was not obtained may be removed by the department.
The political subdivisions of the state authorizing the placement of a waterway marker shall inform the department of the following:
Exact location of the marker, expressed in latitude and longitude, or in distance and direction from one or more fixed objects whose precise location is known.
The description and purpose of the marker, including its identifying number, if any, as required by sub. (2) (a)
(4) Maintenance of waterway markers.
Waterway markers shall be maintained in proper condition, or be replaced or removed, by the applicant.
A waterway marker may be displayed as a sign on a fixed support, as a buoy bearing a symbol on its surface, or as a sign mounted on a buoy.
When a buoy is used to carry a symbol on its surface, it will be white, with a band of international orange on the top and a band of international orange above the waterline at the bottom.
A buoy whose sole purpose is to carry a sign above it will be marked with 3 bands of international orange alternating with 2 bands of white, each band occupying approximately one-fifth of the total area of the buoy above the waterline, except where the sign itself carries orange bands; however nothing in these regulations will be construed to prohibit the mounting of a sign on a buoy which has been placed for a purpose other than that of carrying a sign.
When symbols are placed on signs, a suitable white background may be used outside the symbol.
(6) Specifications for waterways markers. NR 5.09(6)(a)(a)
Except for mooring, slalom, and race course buoys, the minimum size of buoys shall be 36 inches riding above the waterline with a 7-inch diameter. The size of the display area shall be as required by circumstances, except that no display area shall be smaller than one foot in height. Display symbol markers shall be shown on 2 sides of buoys.
The thickness of the symbol outline shall be not less than 2 inches in width.
The outside width of the diamond, the inner diameter of the circle, and the average of the inside and outside widths of a square shall be two-thirds of the display area height.
The sides of the diamond shall slope at a 35°
angle from the vertical on a plane surface. Appropriate adjustments for curvature may be made when applied to a cylindrical surface.