BoatUS Government Affairs

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.

News & Alerts

  •  Fix the Renewable Fuel Standard — Add Your Voice

    The Renewable Fuel Standard is a broken policy that is forcing more ethanol into the nation's gasoline supply. The only way to meet this federal government mandate is to increase the amount of gasoline that must be blended with greater than 10% ethanol. These higher blends, 15%, 20% and even up to 85% ethanol, have been proven to damage boat engines. The RFS is also limiting the supply of ethanol-free gasoline, a fuel that many boat owners prefer to protect their engine

    Call on Congress and the new Administration to fix this broken policy and reform the RFS mandate. Please act to protect boat engines and keep families safe on the water.

  •  FWC 2016 Anchoring and Mooring Report

    For a final report from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to the governor and legislature on Florida Anchoring and Mooring Rules click here.

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Boating Alerts:

E15 now at Pumps Near You - Buyer Beware

Testing by the DOE has indicated that higher blends of ethanol such as E15 can cause engine failure in marine engines and currently your state sells E15 at the same roadside gas pumps where you may fuel your trailer boat. E15, or gasoline with 15% corn-ethanol may also be enticing because it is commonly the lowest-priced fuel at the pump. Please make sure to take a good, long look at the pump before selecting fuel for your boat. Currently there is no marine engine warrantied to run on any gasoline fuel containing over 10% ethanol.


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