Local Man Registers Toy Boat for Use in California Waterways
■ Toy Boat Owner Spends Fourteen Dollars to Avoid $650 Fine!
NEWPORT BEACH (November 17, 2003) — Newport Beach local Trevor Roberts was shocked whenever
the Harbor Patrol informed him that he couldn't operate his radio controlled
(RC) toy boat in the water near his father's docked boat.
According to Trevor, a Harbor Patrol officer stated that his two foot-long toy boat could exceed 5 mph, and
could create a wake. Curiously enough, the officer also informed him that he
could operate his RC sailboat in the harbor, as it could not exceed 5 mph.
Disappointed and not wanting to relegate his toy boat to his bathtub,
Trevor took it upon himself to better understand the laws that govern our
state waterways. He learned that all vessel operating on our waterways
must have a permit, or it could be subject to a $650.00 fine. In addition,
Trevor also learned that there is no defined minimum size limit of legally registered
So, what did Trevor do next? He went to the DMV, completed a few
forms, and paid $14.00 to
register his toy boat! The DMV provided him with the appropriate
issued him an official decal. His toy boat is now legally registered to operate on
any California harbor, lake, river, or other waterway.
So, the next time you're watching the boats float by in the Newport Bay,
keep an eye out for "Grey Thunder", Trevor's two foot-long - now
legal - toy boat.
CLICK HERE to see
a video of Grey Thunder in action...