Starting in model-year 2018, boatbuilders with installed gasoline fuel tanks that sell or offer to sell their boats in California will need to meet stringent new evaporative emission regulations, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said today.
Similar to the Environmental Protection Agency rule, boatbuilders will be able to install California Air Resource Board-certified evaporative components, such as a low-permeation fuel line, low-permeation fuel tank and diurnal vent control, i.e., a pressure relief valve or canister.
Dissimilar to the EPA rule, boatbuilders will be required to take an additional step and certify and receive an executive order before they sell or offer a boat for sale in California.
CARB and the National Marine Manufacturers Association are holding boatbuilder evaporative emission certification webinars on April 27 and May 4 so builders can learn how to receive an executive order.
The NMMA said failing to comply with the law can result in serious penalties and prohibitions against future sales. The goal of NMMA and CARB is that all boatbuilders know what they need to do to meet the new requirement.