Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1262 By Senator Farmer 34-00530C-17 20171262__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to boating in salt water; creating s. 3 327.396, F.S.; defining terms; prohibiting minors of a 4 certain age from operating vessels powered by a motor 5 of 10 horsepower or greater or certain sailboats or 6 other rigged vessels in salt water, except under 7 specified conditions; providing penalties for parents 8 or guardians who knowingly permit their children or 9 wards to violate the prohibition; providing penalties 10 for persons under the influence who supervise certain 11 minors operating a specified vessel; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 327.396, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 327.396 Operation of a vessel by a minor.— 19 (1) As used in this subsection, the term: 20 (a) “Specified vessel” means a vessel powered by a motor of 21 10 horsepower or greater or a sailboat, or other rigged vessel, 22 with a length of hull of 10 feet or more. The term does not 23 include a sailboard or sail kayak. 24 (b) “Under the influence” means a person meeting one of the 25 standards specified in s. 327.35(1)(a), (b), or (c). 26 (2) A person may not operate a specified vessel in salt 27 water, as defined in s. 379.101, if the person is younger than 28 16 years of age, unless such person: 29 (a) Is under the physical supervision of another person 21 30 years of age or older. Such supervising person may not be under 31 the influence. 32 (b) Is participating in a school-sanctioned activity. For 33 the purposes of this section, the term “school” means any 34 elementary school, middle school, junior high school, secondary 35 school, career center, or postsecondary school, whether public 36 or nonpublic. 37 (3)(a) A parent or guardian who knowingly permits his or 38 her child or ward to operate a specified vessel in violation of 39 paragraph (2)(a) commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, 40 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 41 (b) A person who supervises a minor as specified in 42 paragraph (2)(b) and who is under the influence during the 43 supervision commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, 44 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 45 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2017.