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.
- Proposed in 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard has finalized its plans to charge $26 per year for the renewal of certificates of documentation. Click here to read the BoatU.S. comments on the original proposal. This change goes into effect on November 10th, 2014
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House of Representatives voted against an amendment that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters.
- The National Park Service’s (NPS) proposed management plan of Dyke Marsh, could endanger the future of this marina and the only public boat launch in 20 miles of the Virginia side of the Potomac River.
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Comment-Period Ends Midnight Tuesday, March 18, 2014
- BoatU.S. comments to the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation regarding the future of Federal aids to navigation. Read More
- Reports of United States and Canadian recreational boats being placed under "precautionary seizure” by an agency of the Mexican Government. Read More
- The Army Corps of Engineers study on prevention of the spread of aquatic nuisances species. Information and Public Meeting Schedule
Congress is looking at the nation’s use of ethanol in our fuel and BoatU.S. Government Affairs is keeping a close watch. Read More