West and Gulf Coast boaters have already been heard. Now, the U.S. Coast Guard is asking East Coast boaters to give feedback about the aids to navigation system on shallow draft waterways — meaning waters less than 12 feet deep.
Boat Owners Association of the United States and the Coast Guard are urging east coasters — recreational and commercial boaters, government agency boat operators, and commercial operators — to take the short, five-minute online survey before the feedback period ends Nov. 1.
Aids to navigation, also known as ATONs, are manmade objects like buoys and beacons that boaters use to determine position.
“BoatUS appreciates the U.S. Coast Guard for not only maintaining our country’s ATON system that’s critical to the safe navigation of nearly 12 million recreational boaters, but also for listening to their needs,” said BoatUS government affairs manager David Kennedy in a statement. “This can only help make for a better ATON system.”