Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

Florida trade group summit discusses marine industry

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast recently hosted marine leaders from around Florida for discussions on how to make the industry stronger. The associations, according to the group, are concerned about the economy and state and federal regulations they say make recreational boating difficult. They also discussed the development of a marine center…more

Derelict-boat bill passes in Washington state

A measure to encourage local governments and marinas to help clear abandoned boats from state water and aquatic areas was approved by lawmakers and is on its way to Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. The bill, which drew virtually no opposition, is intended to help state authorities deal with what they say is a persistent problem…more

Rhode Island plans marine trades open house

Boats Work for Rhode Island, an initiative of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, will present an open house April 30 at marine trades businesses in Bristol and Warren. Rhode Island Marine Trades Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Bristol at the East Bay Industrial Park off Tupelo Street, the Franklin…more

Mass. trade group offers marina referral program

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association encourages local marinas to participate in the “Stay Local Boat MA” transient referral program, which originally launched in 2009. The reciprocal program encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates determined by the number of boats traveling together. For as little as $50…more

Marine trade school planned for Massachusetts

During the recent New England Boat Show, members and guests of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association were presented with plans for an “ocean school” in Scituate, Mass. The Marine and Environmental Education Alliance, composed of supporters overseeing the development of the Ocean Center Campus for Marine and Environmental Studies, described its vision for the future…more


OPINION: Missing the target — or the boomerang bullet

The new Connecticut boating tax proposals, following staggering examples of similar crippling failures in the recent past, are simply amazing. Sure, everyone yells when the tax finger is pointed in their direction. However, these taxes are aimed at the owners of yachts. The taxes can be advertised to the public by suggesting “we’re going to…more

New accessibility regulations include boating facilities

Revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act, including standards for making boating facilities accessible, went into effect Tuesday. The new rules are the Department of Justice’s first major revision of its guidance on accessibility in 20 years. The regulations apply to the activities of more than 80,000 units of state and local government and…more

Rhode Island debates lifting boat tax exemption

In response to legislation that has been introduced in Rhode Island to repeal the sales-tax exemption for boats, state Rep. Richard Morrison is stressing the importance of the boatbuilding industry to the state’s economy and pledging to fight any attempts to repeal the exemption. A bill recently introduced in the state Senate would extend the…more

Virginia votes down yacht tax cap

Virginia lawmakers rejected a measure Tuesday that would have allowed localities to cap the personal property tax on yachts. The measure had passed the state Senate 39-1, but was defeated 78-19 in the House of Delegates, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported. “Tax breaks for yachts?” minority leader Ward Armstrong said. He called it the “John Kerry…more

Connecticut bill would cut boat sales tax

A Connecticut lawmaker introduced legislation that would cut the sales tax on boat purchases and give buyers a million-dollar-a-year break. State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, a private-equity millionaire, wants to cut the 6 percent sales tax to 4 percent for boat sales in an attempt to help the ailing industry, the Connecticut Post reported. “Connecticut…more

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