Skip to main content

Pennsylvania eases tow-sports rules on boats used for wakesurfing

Pennsylvania revised its wakesurfing regulations to allow for innovations in the boating industry.

Pennsylvania revised its wakesurfing regulations to allow for innovations in the boating industry.

Pennsylvania is changing its rules around wakesurfing and tow boats to allow for innovations such as Volvo Penta’s forward-facing drive.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently approved a change to its tow-sports regulations that will allow wakesurfing behind boats powered by props or jets, but only if the propulsion system is designed for wakesurfing.

The state previously allowed wakesurfing only behind boats with direct drives, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said in its Currents newsletter.

In late 2015 Volvo Penta approached the commission about amending the regulations to permit boaters in Pennsylvania to use the company’s forward drive, the commission said.

The state was one of three that forbade wakesurfing behind sterndrive engines. After a review, the state amended its regulation to “allow for advancements within the boating industry to be used” in Pennsylvania waters.

The change will be effective early next year.

Related

1_PULSE1

Inflation Stymies Boat Sales

Inventories of new and used boats are improving at the retail level but are still considered comparatively lean, according to the results of the monthly Pulse Report survey.

Norm

Ho, Ho, Ho, You Better Watch Out

It may be too early to decorate the showroom, but it’s not too early to hatch a marketing plan to profit from the holiday selling season.

IBEX

Industry reacts to IBEX cancelation

With Ian expected to hit Florida’s west coast as a major hurricane, the consensus among those who spoke with Trade Only Today say it was the correct decision.

1_ABYCELECTRIFICATION

Ready for a Revolution

Electrification has been an increasingly common buzzword in the marine industry, especially in the past four to five years.

1_MARINEMAX.BOD

MarineMax Makes Appointment to its Board

Mercedes Romero has expertise in global procurement and strategic planning, working with such companies as Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.

1_ PULSE.PING.1

DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.

1_SPOTZERO

Spot Zero Announces Expansion

The Fort Lauderdale-based reverse osmosis systems manufacturer is adding a 20,000-square-foot production facility.

1_Seakeeper Ride 450_2023 Sportsman Open 232 Center Console

Seakeeper’s New System Targets Pitch

Seakeepeer, whose gyroscopic stabilizers set the marine industry standard for eliminating as much as 95 percent of a boat’s roll, is now turning its attention to eliminating pitch with their Seakeeper Ride system.

7_IMG_0254

Propeller Precision

Yamaha’s new $20 million foundry produces about 100,000 propellers a year