Village of Patchogue, NY
Suffolk County
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[Adopted 3-28-1960 by Ord. No. 9.2 (Ch. 91, Art. II, of the 1968 Code)]
The regulations established by this article shall apply to all navigable waters located within the boundary lines of the Village, except when the provisions thereof are in conflict with the laws or ordinances of the United States, the State of New York or any political division or administrative authority thereof having jurisdiction thereover.
All provisions of the Navigation Law of this state, of the inland rules enacted by Congress and governing the navigation of the inland waters of the United States, and of the pilot rules for United States inland waters, applicable to the channel systems, relative to the rule for vessels passing each other and other matters consistent with the proper use of the channel systems, shall be complied with by all boats using the navigable waters within the boundary lines of the Village.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOAT or VESSEL
Includes every description of watercraft or other contrivance used on or capable of being used as a means of transportation in water.
HOUSEBOAT
Includes any vessel or craft designed or, in fact, used or occupied as a permanent dwelling unit, containing sleeping and dwelling quarters and toilet facilities, or as a business office or source of any occupation, or as a private or social club of whatsoever nature, including but not limited to a structure constructed upon a barge primarily immobile and out of navigation or which functions substantially as a land structure, whether or not such vessel or craft is self-propelled and whether or not it is permanently anchored or secured to the shore, bulkhead or bottom of any navigable waterway or inland waters within the boundaries of the Village of Patchogue.
[Added 5-14-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
MARINA
A dock or base, which is operated for profit or to which public patronage is invited, providing moorings, dockage or other marine services primarily for power- and sailing boats, yachts, launches or other watercraft, other than houseboats, and which may also be capable of removing any and all vessels and crafts moored within the marina for repair or storage or as a result of emergency conditions.
[Added 5-14-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
MOTORBOAT
Includes any vessel propelled in whole or in part by an engine or motor, whether inboard or outboard.
A. 
No boat shall be moored or anchored except at the edge of a channel and in no case closer than 50 feet to channel markers or so as to interfere with the full use of the channel by others.
B. 
No vessel shall be tied up or made fast to any public dock or to other property of the Village. In addition to the penalties provided for a violation of this chapter, the Board of Trustees, or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof, may cause any vessel tied up or made fast to any public dock or other Village property to be removed at the expense of the owner or person in charge of such vessel.
[Amended 10-13-1981 by L.L. No. 19-1981]
C. 
Any vessel which becomes a menace to navigation or unseaworthy or sinks, grounds or becomes otherwise disabled shall be removed by the owner of the boat or the owner of the property or marina upon which the boat is sunk or disabled, upon order of the Board of Trustees or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof. Failure to comply with such order within 48 hours of its service, in person or by certified mail, to the property owner's or boat owner's last known address shall constitute a violation of this article, and any vessel may be removed by or at the direction of the Board of Trustees or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof, at the expense of the owner of the boat or the owner of the marina or property where said vessel is located.
[Amended 7-11-1983 by L.L. No. 19-1983]
D. 
No person shall operate or permit the operation of any engine, motor or other mechanism capable of sound on any vessel moored or anchored, except for the purpose of getting underway, at night between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
E. 
No houseboat shall be used, occupied or anchored within the waterways described in this chapter, or secured to any dock or shore within the boundaries of the Village of Patchogue.
[Added 5-14-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
(1) 
No marina shall permit the in-water storage, anchorage or mooring of any houseboat.
(2) 
No person, firm, association, partnership, corporation or marina shall rent, hold out for rent or sell any site or space for the location of any houseboat.
A. 
Every person operating a boat shall at all times operate it in a careful and prudent manner and at such rate of speed as not to disturb the reasonable comfort or endanger the property or the life and limb of others, or in such manner as to interfere with the free and proper use by others of the navigable waters within the Village. Throwing up a dangerous wake when approaching another boat shall be considered a violation of this article.
B. 
No person shall operate a boat at a speed in excess of four miles per hour in the navigable waters of the Village.
C. 
No person shall operate a motorboat without having the exhaust of the engine run through a muffler so constructed and used as to muffle the noise of the exhaust in a reasonable manner.
D. 
No person shall operate a boat within 600 feet of any municipal bathing beach.
E. 
The foregoing provisions of this section shall be held inapplicable in such waters as may be from time to time set aside for the conduct of boat races or similar events held under the auspices of a recognized bona fide civic or yachting club, group or association when a permit therefor has been granted by the Board of Trustees. The waters thus set aside shall be clearly marked and posted in conformity with a resolution duly adopted by the Board of Trustees and in conformity with § 34 of the Navigation Law of the State of New York.