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.

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

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

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