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.

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

Groups form Gulf Coast trade association

A group of recreational marine industry leaders from Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle established a new trade association. The Central Gulf Marine Trades Association will represent businesses involved in the sales, storage, service and utilization of recreational vessels. Goals of the association include promoting the Gulf region as a place to enjoy boating, fishing…more

Piano on a sandbar? There’s a reason

How did a baby grand end up on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, Fla.? The mystery that gripped much of South Florida and Web surfers everywhere for the past week – who dumped an old grand piano on a sandbar, and why would anyone do that – has finally been solved. Nick Harrington, 16, says…more

Outer Reef, Kadey-Krogen form sales partnership

Outer Reef Yachts and Kadey-Krogen Yachts entered into an agreement in which Outer Reef will represent Kadey-Krogen through all of Outer Reef’s established international sales and service locations. “With Outer Reef offices and service centers in Sydney, Australia, and seven locations throughout Europe, Kadey-Krogen is poised to hit the ground running as we launch into…more

Offshore Super Series joins governing body

The Offshore Super Series joined the offshore division of the American Power Boat Association. “We are proud to announce our membership with APBA. This new association will take our organization to a new level of racing and will offer us greater opportunities,” OSS board chairman Michael Mares said in a statement. “We will remain as…more

Reality show seeks Florida liveaboards ready to sell

Do you live aboard your boat in South Florida and are you looking to sell and move? If so, HGTV is looking for you. “My First Sale” is casting first-time sellers in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Producers hope to find a liveaboard family, couple or single looking to sell their first boat and move to…more

Brothers win Triton 16 Storm in video contest and announced that Carson and Carter McBride of Springdale, Ark., are the winners of the “Tap into Summer” video contest. Carson, 9, and Carter, 6, are avid anglers and came up with the video idea while “pretend fishing,” something they enjoy. Along with their father, Aaron, they picked up their Triton 16 Storm…more

Maryland harbor dredging set at $1.6 million

For years, boaters leaving Nanticoke Marina in Maryland have worried about the water’s shrinking depth, a byproduct of accumulating silt and mud. The effect has been to further weigh down the local marine industry beyond the sour economy. Wicomico County soon will remedy that problem with a $1.6 million project dredging the harbor and reconstructing…more

Lauderdale billfish tourney winner named

Team El Palacio de Los Jugos, fishing aboard Tibiron II, won the 45th annual Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament. Fishing from their home port in Miami, they had 13 releases on Nov. 20. The tournament drew 227 anglers on 47 boats releasing 228 sailfish. Rybovich sponsored the opening party at the International Game Fish Association Fishing…more

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