CHAPTER 359

RELATING TO LICENSING OF BOATS FOR HIRE

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7, DELAWARE CODE OF 1953, ENTITLED "CONSERVATION" IN RESPECT TO CERTAIN LICENSES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Subchapter II, Chapter 5, Title 7, Delaware Code of 1953, is amended by changing the title thereto to read as follows "LICENSING OF BOATS USED FOR HIRE."

Section 2. § 531 (a), Chapter 5, Title 7, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended to read as follows:

§ 531. License requirement for those engaging in business of renting boats or those lending boats to the public; violations and penalties

(a) No person shall engage in the business of renting boats or of conducting excursions with a boat in the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, and that part of the Atlantic Ocean under the jurisdiction of the State of Delaware, or in any bays, lakes, rivers, ponds or other inland waters of the State without first obtaining an annual license for each boat used from the State Tax Department. Those engaged in any kind of commercial enterprise who in connection therewith make boats available for their customers, whether or not a fee is charged for the use of such boats, shall also obtain such license.

Section 3. § 532, Chapter 5, Title 7, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended to read as follows:

§ 532. License fees

The following fees shall be paid for boats licensed under this subchapter--

(1) One Dollar for all boats propelled by oars, paddles or outboard motors.

(2) Two Dollars for each power boat not in excess of 18 feet.

(3) Eight Dollars for boats over 18 feet and not in excess of 35 feet in length.

(4) Ten Dollars for boats above 35 feet in length, or for boats of 15 tons and upwards gross tonnage.

Section 4. § 533, Chapter 5, Title 7, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended to read as follows:

§ 533. License certificates and tags; issuance and carriage

The Boat Inspector shall issue license certificates to power boats and license tags to boats operated by oars, paddles or outboard motors, which certificates or tags shall be placed on the boats for which such certificates or tags are applicable at all times when the boats are in operation.

Section 5. § 538, Chapter 5, Title 7, Delaware Code of 1953 is amended to read as follows:

§ 538. Inspection of boats

The Boat Inspector shall inspect all boats licensed under the provisions of this subchapter. The Boat Inspector shall also make periodic boat inspections during the season and shall carefully check the condition of all licensed boats.

Approved July 11, 1953.