Determining whether you are over 20 meters or over 65 feet.
If you are over 65 feet then the vessel is technically a "Motor Vessel". Title 46 Part 24.10-19
As if all this stuff wasn't complicated enough, parts 24.10-17 and 19 refer to the difference being 65 feet, but most new regs including the Nav regs use 20 meters, which is 65.6 feet. I would hate to have to argue the six tenths of a foot. Until the language is fixed up, you should assume that if you are 65.6 feet or longer you are 20 meters. If you are in the gray area, just below 65.6 feet, you may argue that you are a motor boat, not a motor vessel(over 65.6), on the assumption that the 65 feet is going to "harmonized" with 20 meters. But, this may not save you.In general the Motorboat Acts that were passed in 1940 and 1956 are the ones that apply to boats under 65 feet and that there are additional requirements if the vessel is classed as a "motor vessel", rather than motor boat.
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