Town of Harwich, MA
Barnstable County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Harwich 5-5-2009 by Art. 1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this bylaw, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
HORSEPOWER
The aggregate rated horsepower of all propellant machinery at maximum operating revolutions per minute.
MOTORBOAT
Any vessel propelled by machinery whether or not such machinery is the principal source of propulsion.
A. 
In either Buck's Pond or in John Joseph's Pond, no motorboat shall operate at a speed in excess of six miles per hour.
B. 
No person shall engage in waterskiing in either Buck's Pond or in John Joseph's Pond.
C. 
All violations of Subsections A and B shall be subject to the provisions of MGL c. 90B, § 14 (Chapter 275 of the Acts of 1960).
A. 
The use of all boats propelled by motor, either inboard or outboard, shall be prohibited on Sand Pond, North Harwich, and Andrew's Pond (also known as "Katie's Pond"), Harwich Center.
B. 
The use of all boats propelled by motor, whether inboard or outboard, and waterskiing shall be prohibited on Skinequit Pond, South Harwich.
C. 
No motorboat of more than 10 horsepower or used for waterskiing may be launched or operated from the boat ramp at Cahoon Road Landing at the east end of Long Pond.
D. 
Any violations of Subsections A, B and C shall be punishable by a fine of $20.
A. 
No motorboat of more than six horsepower shall be operated on Hinckley's Pond. No motorboat of more than three horsepower shall be operated on Seymour's Pond.
B. 
No motorboats shall exceed the speed limit as defined in this section on various ponds in Harwich. All ponds shall be posted as follows:
(1) 
Hinckley's Pond: five statute miles per hour.
(2) 
Seymour's Pond: five statute miles per hour.
C. 
No motorboats shall be operated on Walker's Pond; provided, however, that a small electric motor of the type used for fishing may be used as propulsion therefor.
D. 
Any violations of Subsections A, B and C of this bylaw shall be punishable by a fine of $50.
The use of soap or detergent of any type is prohibited in the waters of any of the great ponds located in whole or in part within the Town of Harwich. Any violation of this bylaw shall be subject to a fine of $50.
For the purpose of this article, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
BOAT
The same meaning as the term "vessel" as defined in MGL c. 90B, § 1.
It shall be unlawful to launch or beach boats at any Town-owned or Town-operated location except in areas designated and posted therefor by the Board of Selectmen.
It shall be unlawful to anchor any boat closer than 75 feet to the mean low-water mark at any Town-owned or Town-operated bathing beach.
It shall be unlawful to operate any boat shoreward of any markers or floats stationed by the Harbormaster off a public bathing beach for the purpose of designating the swimming area thereat; provided, however, that in any area where such markers or floats are placed at a distance greater than 75 feet seaward of mean low water, a boat may enter the swimming area to within 75 feet of mean low water at a speed no greater than five miles per hour for the purpose of coming to anchor.
A. 
For the purpose of this section, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
A vessel, usually less than 16 feet in length (measured from end to end over the deck excluding shear), which uses an inboard, internal combustion engine powering a water jet pump as its primary source of propulsion. The vessel is intended to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel rather than within the confines of the hull. Personal watercraft are high performance vessels designed for speed and maneuverability and are often used to perform stunt-like maneuvers. "Personal watercraft" includes vessels commonly referred to as jet ski, waverunner, wavejammer, wetjet, sea-doo, wet bike, and surf jet.
WATER BODY
The tidal waters of Pleasant Bay, including but not limited to Round Cove, Muddy Creek (Monomoy River), and any adjoining river, inlet, cove, embayment, pond or harbor.
B. 
Personal motorized watercraft, such as jet skis, shall be prohibited from operating on Herring River and shall be prohibited from launching from any Town-owned property abutting freshwater ponds. Personal watercraft, such as jet skis, shall be prohibited from operating and/or launching at Round Cove.
C. 
No person shall operate any personal watercraft within any coastal waters or inland waters of the Town which waters are within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore or are waters which form a portion of a water body which is located in part within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore referred to in this section shall be the boundaries as set forth in Public Law 87-126 which created the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961.
D. 
Specifically excluded from the provisions of Subsection B are all waters of Nantucket Sound located in the Town of Harwich, which waters are outside the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
E. 
The invalidity of any section or provision of this bylaw shall not invalidate any other section or provision hereof.
Any person violating any provisions of this article shall be subject to arrest. The fine for such violation shall be a fine of $200.