Village of Northport, NY
Suffolk County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Northport 10-4-1966 by L.L. No. 3-1966 as Ch. 88 of the 1966 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Docks, piers, bulkheads and floats — See Ch. 123.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 159.
Diversion of watercourses — See Ch. 299.
The provisions of this chapter are intended to govern the use of waterways within the jurisdiction of the Village of Northport.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ADJACENT UPLAND OWNER
Includes the family, employees and guests of the owner of land immediately adjacent to a waterway, or persons lawfully occupying his premises.
[Added 6-12-2001 by L.L. No. 7-2001]
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
A vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motor power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on or being towed behind the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.
[Added 6-12-2001 by L.L. No. 7-2001]
SPECIALTY PROP-CRAFT
A vessel which is powered by an outboard motor or a propeller-driven motor and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on or being towed behind the vessel rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.
[Added 6-12-2001 by L.L. No. 7-2001]
VESSEL
Includes every description of watercraft or other contrivance used on or capable of being used as a means of transportation in the water and includes sea planes, amphibious planes and helicopters.
VESSEL REGULATION ZONE
The area within 1,500 feet from the shore line at the low water mark of Northport Harbor and/or Northport Bay.
[Added 6-12-2001 by L.L. No. 7-2001]
[Amended 8-17-1999 by L.L. No. 12-1999]
The dumping of oil, refuse, garbage, debris or waste of any kind, including human or animal waste, is prohibited.
A. 
No vessel shall be so anchored or moored that it at any time rests within any channel, within 50 feet of any channel marker or so as to interfere with the full use of such channel, nor shall any vessel anchor or moor within 100 feet of a public dock.
B. 
Vessels whose home port is within the waters subject to the jurisdiction of the Village of Northport shall be moored in accordance with the following specifications:
(1) 
All moorings shall utilize mushroom anchors having a minimum weight in accordance with the following table:
Length of Vessel Overall
(feet)
Light Displacement Sailboats
(pounds)
Motorboats
(pounds)
Cruising Auxiliaries
(pounds)
0 to 16
75
75
--
16 to 20
100
125
--
20 to 25
125
150
175
25 to 30
150
200
250
30 to 35
200
250
300
Over 35
--
300
400
(2) 
All moorings shall conform to the following requirements:
(a) 
Minimum length of four times the mean high-water depth at the site of the anchor plus an additional 18 inches for each foot of length of the vessel in excess of 20 feet.
(b) 
The length of scope may be increased, provided that same is reasonably necessary for the safe mooring of the vessel and does not unduly restrict the mooring of other vessels in the immediate area.
(c) 
No more than 1/5 of the total scope may consist of a pennant.
(d) 
New manila pennants shall be installed each year.
(e) 
Manila and nylon pennants shall be protected by chafing gear.
(f) 
Permanently located buoys shall be directly attached to chain and pennants and shall extend only from the buoy to the bit, cleat or other fastening device on the vessel.
(g) 
All chain shall be galvanized, shall be inspected annually and shall be replaced if dangerously worn or corroded.
(h) 
Chain and manila pennant sizes shall conform to the following table:
Overall Length of Vessel
(feet)
Chain Size
(inches)
Manila Pennant Size
(inches)
Under 20
1/4
5/8
20 to 30
5/16
1
30 to 40
3/8
1 3/4
(i) 
Vessels in excess of 40 feet overall length shall use chain size increased by 1/16 inch for each 20 feet in excess of 40 feet overall length and pennant size increased by 1/8 inch for each 20 feet in excess of 40 feet overall length.
(j) 
If nylon or stainless steel pennants are used, they shall be equivalent to the required size of manila pennants.
(k) 
If vessels between 30 feet and 40 feet overall length are fastened to moorings having permanently located buoys, the last 10 feet of chain nearest the buoy may be reduced in size to 5/16 inch.
(3) 
No mooring shall be so located that a vessel when tied thereto may endanger or interfere with a vessel attached to any previously placed moorings.
All vessels not moored shall be anchored in such a way so as to be secure at all times and under all conditions.
All floats shall be anchored or moored in such a way as to be secure at all times and under all conditions.
Any vessel which becomes a menace to navigation or unseaworthy or sinks, grounds or otherwise becomes disabled shall be removed by the owner or person in charge thereof on order of the Northport Police Department and/or bay constable or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof. If such order of removal is not obeyed within 24 hours, such vessel may then be removed by or at the direction of the Northport Police Department and/or bay constable or any duly authorized officer or agent thereof at the expense of the owner or person in charge of said vessel.
No vessel propelled other than by hand shall cruise or be operated within 100 feet of any beach or float used for bathing or within 50 feet of a person bathing or within 100 feet of any lifelines.
A. 
No person shall operate a vessel towing a person on water skis, surfboard or similar device unless there is in such vessel a person other than the operator in a position to observe the progress of the person or persons being towed.
B. 
No person shall ride on water skis, surfboard or similar device or use or operate a vessel to tow a person thereon between the period from sunset to one hour after sunrise.
C. 
No person shall ride on water skis, surfboard or similar device or use or operate a vessel to tow a person thereon in Northport Harbor.
D. 
No person shall ride on water skis, surfboard or similar device or use or operate a vessel to tow a person thereon in Northport Bay within 150 feet of any beach being used for bathing or within 100 feet of any bather. In Northport Bay, where permitted, all such activity must be conducted at least 300 feet distant from the shoreline, except when approaching or departing the shoreline on a course perpendicular thereto and then solely for the purpose of commencing or ending such activity.
No vessel shall be operated at a speed in excess of five miles per hour; provided, however, that the Board of Trustees by resolution enacted at a regular meeting may from time to time and for periods of time stated in such resolution suspend the enforcement of this chapter within any portions of the waters within its jurisdiction. Such areas so suspended in the operation of this chapter shall be designated by signs located on rafts. In addition no vessel shall be so operated so as to endanger the occupants of other vessels.
No person shall operate a vessel propelled wholly or partially by an internal combustion engine without having the exhaust from the engine run through a muffler so constructed and used as to muffle the noise of the exhaust in a reasonable manner.
[Added 6-12-2001 by L.L. No. 7-2001[1]]
All personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft shall be prohibited from operating within the Vessel Regulation Zone; provided, however, that nothing contained in this chapter shall prevent a personal watercraft and/or specialty prop-craft of an adjacent upland owner, or of any other person with the permission of the adjacent upland owner, from departing from, returning to or beaching at the shore of such owner, but only if he/she departs and continues to travel perpendicular to the shore until he/she is beyond the fifteen-hundred-foot limit and if he/she is not within 150 feet of any beach used for bathing and swimming and marked as such, and further provided that he/she shall travel at a speed not to exceed five miles per hour.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also provided for the renumbering of former §§ 302-12 through 302-14 as §§ 302-13 through 302-15, respectively.
Nothing herein contained shall prohibit the Board of Trustees of the Village of Northport from issuing special permits for aquatic events, boat races or otherwise under proper supervision, in limited areas and for limited periods.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department and/or bay constable of the Village of Northport or by any duly authorized officer or agent thereof.
[Added 8-17-1999 by L.L. No. 12-1999]
A violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250, imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, for each offense, and each day a violation continues shall be a separate offense.