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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.

Fund set up for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating founder

The board of directors of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, or CRAB, established a fund to honor the passing of founder Don Backe, who died April 12. Backe founded CRAB in 1991 after a serious auto accident caused him to lose full use of his legs. He had been a lifelong educator and sailor, and after…more

Kansas bill seeks to cut boat taxes

The property tax on boats and other watercraft in Kansas will be cut from 30 percent of appraised value to 11.5 percent next year if Gov. Sam Brownback signs a bill the House and Senate approved last week. Boat taxes would be phased down to 5 percent in 2015 and beyond, according to an article…more

Group raises concerns about Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Boating Federation has sent a letter to the EPA voicing its concern that there is no boating representative on the advisory board for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory board includes representatives from universities, research institutions, municipalities, Native American tribes and a foundation, but the omission of an…more

Fishing guide honored by Hell’s Bay Boatworks

Capt. Jeff Legutki, a Naples/Marco, Fla., guide who also charters fly and light tackle anglers in the Everglades, became the first recipient of the Jose Wejebe Memorial Professional Guide Award during the second annual Hell’s Bay Boatworks’ Guides Rendezvous. Wejebe, a popular and valued member of Hell’s Bay’s world-class pro team, died April 6, 2012,…more

Maryland tax-cap bill passes, but with a catch

A bill written to cap Maryland’s excise tax on boats passed the state senate unanimously Friday, but it no longer caps the tax. It no longer has anything to do with that tax or with addressing the concerns that prompted the marine industry to call for a cap. Senate Bill 90 is now a measure…more

Michigan trade group applauds new dredging bills

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a dredging assistance package. For the last few months, the Michigan Boating Industries Association and its lobbying firm in Lansing, Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Associates, have been working to establish solutions and funding for dredging in the state. The package Snyder signed Wednesday contained five bills: • HB 4398:…more

Ohio boat registrations set record in 2012

Boat registrations in Ohio reached a record high for a fourth consecutive year in 2012. The state Department of Natural Resources’ watercraft division, which oversees the registration and titling of all Ohio recreational watercraft, said a record 435,310 boats were registered in 2012, surpassing the previous record of 426,674, which was reported in 2011. The…more

OPINION: Online boater safety courses measure up

With the Connecticut legislature poised to rule on H.B. No. 6541, which would allow online education options for boating and hunting safety, it’s time to set the record straight. Despite the emotional appeals to prevent online training, the facts indicate Internet courses are a sensible and valid educational alternative. In a recent opinion piece, “Is…more

OPINION: Is online boater training sufficient?

The controversial issue of online safe boating classes and testing has surfaced again in Connecticut. Shot down twice before, a bill drafted by the Boating Division of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has been presented to legislators in Hartford. This new law would recognize at-home online training to be the equivalent of…more

Lake Erie trade group elects 2013 officers and directors

Bob Ivancic, of Ivancic Marine in Cleveland, was re-elected chairman of the board of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association. This is the third consecutive year that Ivancic has been tapped to head the 100-plus-member trade group. Founded in 1956, it represents boat dealers, marina operators and service companies across northern Ohio and annually produces…more

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