Federal Boating Issues

Since its founding in 1966, BoatUS has been the voice of recreational boat owners on Capitol Hill and before the federal agencies in Washington. With the strength of over half a million members behind us, our mission has been to fight unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners and to work with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense. Here is a list of current federal boating issues:

  • BoatUS Supports New RFS/E15 Fix 
    Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative asking they support H.R. 704 - The Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. Read more about RFS/E15
  • Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund Reauthorization 
    The Trust Fund serves as the backbone of boating safety, infrastructure, clean water and fisheries conservation funding in the United States. Congress reauthorization this critical "User Pays-Public Benefits" program in 2015. Click here to learn more.
  • BoatUS comments on the Future of Federal Aids to Navigation
    BoatU.S. comments to the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation regarding the future of Federal aids to navigation. Read More
  • Mexican Boat Seizures
    Reports of United States and Canadian recreational boats being placed under "precautionary seizure” by an agency of the Mexican Government. Read More
  • Great Lakes Mississippi River Basin Study Released
    The Army Corps of Engineers study on prevention of the spread of aquatic nuisances species. Information and Public Meeting Schedule
  •  Unintended Consequences - The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)   

President Margaret Podlich submits Testimony to the U.S. House Oversight Committee on the need for reforms and the dangers of E15 in marine engines.   Read More



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