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

  •  Support the Modern Fish Act

    We need your voice now more than ever. We’re one step closer to having better federal management for recreational fisheries through the Modern Fish Act. Click here to protect our rights to go fishing and support the Modern Fish Act.

  •  Speak Up on the Federal Ethanol Mandate

    The battle to protect your boat's engine is not over. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply for 2018. Boat owners need to speak up and be heard by the EPA.

    On November 1, 2017, 64 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the EPA reminding them of the negative impacts the RFS has on Americans. See the full letter here.

    Please take a few moments to send a message NOW urging the EPA to lower the ethanol mandates to ensure an adequate supply of fuel that will work in your boat ending. Take action NOW.

    For more information on E15 and the RFS please see Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

  •  ORIR Continues to Form Strong Bonds with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

    BoatUS, in partnership with ORIR, continues to work with Secretary Zinke to improve boaters' access to the water. We recently joined the Secretary when he announced $14.7 million in Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG). The BIG program is an excellent example of public/private partnerships the ORIR is working to enhance. We have also had a productive dialogue with the Secretary on access to federal land and waters that boaters count on. The Secretary and his staff have also shows that they recognize recreational boating is an important part of the nation’s outdoor industry that generates $887 billion per year in economic activity and provides an estimated 7.6 million direct jobs. Read the full story here.

  •  BoatUS Comments on NOAA's Office of Coast Survey National Charting Plan

    Comments on NOAA's Office of Coast Survey's Draft National Charting Plan and its implications for recreational boaters. Read the full comments here.

  •  BoatUS and Other Groups Send Message to Trump Administration and Congress: Now is Time to Fix Broken Ethanol Policy

    In a letter sent today to the Trump administration and Congress, a coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing interests urged action to fix America's broken ethanol policy. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) on behalf of the nation's 12 million recreational boat owners, 46 million recreational anglers and 35,000 recreational boating businesses respectively expressed concern with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Here's the full letter.

  •  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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