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Section 2: Interpretation


2.1 In these Directions the following words and expressions shall have the following meanings:-

2.2 The term “board sailing” means the navigation or operation of a sailboard propelled by wind and windsurfing and kite surfing have a like meaning.

2.3 The term “the Byelaws” means the Lymington Harbour Byelaws.

2.4 The term ”the Commissioners” means the Lymington Harbour Commissioners.

2.5 The word “fairway” means the navigable channel within the harbour which is the regular course or track of vessels and which is marked by navigation marks and buoys as shown on the Admiralty chart

2.6 The term “fishing vessel” means any vessel fishing with nets, lines, trawls, or other fishing apparatus which restrict manoeuvrability.

2.7 The word “grounded” means an unintentional contact with the seabed, except for touching briefly so that no damage or obstruction to navigation is caused.

2.8 The term “the Harbour” means the part of the Lymington River or creek, within the area defined in Part 1 (article 3) of the Lymington Harbour Revision Order 2014

2.9 The term “the Harbour Master” means any person appointed as such by the Commissioners, and his deputies and assistants, and any other person or employee of the Commissioners for the time being authorised by the Commissioners to act, either generally or for a specific purpose, in the capacity of Harbour Master.

2.10 The term “the harbour premises” means the quays, piers, landing places, and all other works, lands and buildings for the time being vested in, or occupied or administered by, the Commissioners as part of their harbour undertaking.

2.11 The term “the level of high water” means the level of mean high water spring tides.

2.12 The term “the level of low water” means the level of mean low water spring tides.

2.13 The term “the Master” when used in connection with a vessel means any individual, whether the owner or not, having or taking command, charge or management of the vessel for the time being.

2.14 The word “mooring” includes any quay, buoy, pile, post, chain, pillar, pontoon or like apparatus or convenience provided or used for the mooring of vessels and includes any pier, bridge, roadway, slipway, or footway immediately adjacent and affording access thereto;

2.15 The term “mooring licence” means a licence granted by Lymington Harbour Commissioners authorising the right to use a mooring subject to compliance with the terms and conditions of the licence.

2.16 The term “the owner” includes any part-owner, charterer, agent or mortgagee in possession of the vessel or other person or persons entitled for the time being to possession of the vessel.

2.17 The word “parascending” means any activity wherein a person or persons are towed by or carried on a power driven vessel with the intention that the person or persons are towed or carried shall become airborne by virtue of their being harnessed to a kite, parachute, balloon, glider or similar apparatus.

2.18 The word “person” includes, where the context admits, companies or other entities.

2.19 The term “personal water craft” means any watercraft propelled by a water-jet engine or other mechanical means of propulsion and steered:-

(a) by means of a handlebar operated linkage system (with or without a rudder at the stern); or

(b) by the person or persons riding the craft using his or their body weight for the purpose; or

(c) by a combination of the methods referred to respectively in (a) and (b).

2.20 The term “power driven vessel” means any vessel which is driven wholly or partly by machinery.

2.21 The term “recreational swimming” means any swimming for recreational purposes but excludes swimming solely for the purpose of undertaking maintenance to a moored boat.

2.22 The term “sailing vessel” means any vessel under sail provided that propelling machinery, if fitted is not being used.

2.23 The term “small vessel” means any vessel of less than 20 metres in length.

2.24 The word “underway” when used in relation to a vessel means when it is not at anchor or moored or made fast to the shore or aground, and includes a vessel moving in the Harbour though its anchor is on the ground or seabed.

2.25 The term “underwater diving” means diving with the assistance of underwater breathing equipment including air cylinders and regulators.

2.26 The word “vessel” means a ship, boat, raft or water craft of any description and includes a non-displacement craft, personal watercraft or seaplane and any other thing constructed or adapted for floating on or being submersed in water (whether permanently or temporarily) and a hovercraft or any other amphibious vehicle, used or being capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.

2.27 The term “water skiing” means any activity wherein a person or persons are towed by a power driven vessel by virtue of them being harnessed to or holding on to a tow line, or being carried on an inflatable device or similar for the purpose of aquaplaning.