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Glossary


At Anchor
Held in place in the water by an anchor; includes “moored” to a buoy or anchored vessel, and “dragging anchor.”

Cabin Motorboat
Motorboat with a cabin that can be completely closed by means of doors or hatches.

Capsizing
Overturning of a vessel. The bottom must become uppermost, except in the case of a sailboat, which may lie.

Collision with Fixed Object
The striking by a vessel of any stationary object, above or below the surface of the water.

Collision with Floating Object
Collision with any waterborne object above or below the surface of the water.

Cruising
Proceeding normally, unrestricted, with an absence of drastic rudder or engine changes.

Drifting
Under way, but proceeding without use of engines, oars, or sails; carried along only by current, or wind.

Excessive Speed
Operating at a speed that is not reasonable, prudent, or legal considering the circumstances.

Fire/Explosion (Fuel)
Accidental combustion of vessel fuel or liquids, including their vapors.

Flooding/Swamping
Filling with water, but retaining sufficient buoyancy to remain on the surface.

Grounding
The running aground of a vessel; striking or pounding on the rocks, reefs, or shoals.

Improper Lookout
No proper watch; the failure of an operator to perceive danger because no one was serving as a lookout, or the person so serving failed to do so. (For purposes of this report, this term refers only to accidents where the ski observers were not present or failed to do their job, or sailboat accidents where a lookout was not posted or failed to perceive danger. All other accidents involving inattentive operators fall under “Operator Inattention.”)

Maneuvering
Changing course, speed, or both during which a high degree of alertness is required.

Open Motorboat
Craft of open construction specifically built for operating with a motor, including boats canopied or fitted with temporary partial shelters.

Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
Commonly known as a life jacket or life saving device, a PFD can be a jacket, vest, cushion, or ring buoy designed to serve as a lifesaving aid.

Personal Watercraft (PWC)
A small vessel that uses an internal combustion engine powering a jet pump or propeller. It is designed to carry from one to four persons, and to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel rather than in the
conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.

Rules of the Road
Statutory and regulatory rules governing the navigation of vessels.

 
Division of Boating and Water Ways | 2004 California Boating Safety Report