10553 (a) “Vessel” includes every description of watercraft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, except the following:

The owner or legal owner of a vessel numbered under this code which has been stolen or embezzled may notify a law enforcement agency of the theft or embezzlement, but in the event of an embezzlement may make the report only after having procured the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of the person charged with such embezzlement. Every owner or legal owner who has given any such notice shall notify the law enforcement agency of a recovery of the vessel.

Amended Ch. 411, Stats. 1984. Effective January 1, 1985.