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

  • BoatU.S. 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 Up for Renewal

    The Trust Fund serves as the backbone of boating safety, infrastructure, clean water and fisheries conservation funding in the United States. Congress is currently considering reauthorization of this critical "User Pays-Public Benefits" program. Read more restoration fund

  • U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization

    Legislation authorizing spending for the U.S. Coast Guard along with policy changes of interest to boaters is currently making its way through Congress. Of particular note, a proposal to extend the current annual renewal requirement for documented recreational boats to every five years has been introduced. Read more about USCG Reauthorization

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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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