boatable waters

boatable waters
Waters within a state which are of common passage, as highways; that is, waters which can be used in their ordinary condition as highways for commerce conducted in the customary mode of trade and travel on water. New England Trout & Salmon Club v Mather, 68 Vt 338, 35 A 323. But waters which are private property are not boatable, notwithstanding otherwise they are boatable in fact. 56 Am J1st Wat § 3. See navigable waters.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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