Founded in 1966, the National Boating Federation (NBF) is the largest non-profit, nationwide alliance of recreational boating organizations. The Federation is composed of boating and yacht clubs and their associations representing over 2,000,000 of America's recreational boaters.
NMMA member Mercury Marine is helping the industry tackle the issue of E15 through marketing and communications efforts around the country. Most recently, Mercury partnered with one of its television sponsors to produce a video for consumers detailing the dangers of E15 in boat engines while educating them on what to look for and how to help. Additionally, through media relations outreach, Mercury is spreading the word on the negative impact E15 can have on boats and the overall economy.
See this recent article in Midwest Energy News as an example of the press coverage. To learn more about battling E15 on behalf of our industry please contact NMMA's Director of Federal and Legal Affairs, Nicole Vasilaros at email@example.com or NMMA's Director of State Government Relations, David Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The USCGAuxiliary publication, eBeacon, helps us to understand Electric Shock Drowning:
Electric Shock Drowning, or ESD is a little-known and often-unidentified killer whose deaths and injuries are entirely preventable. In just four months last summer, there were seven confirmed ESD deaths and at least that many near misses; in all likelihood, dozens more incidents went undetected. Every boater and every adult who swims in a freshwater lake needs to understand how it happens, how to stop it from happening, and what to do — and not to do — if they ever have to help an ESD victim.
What every boater needs to know about Electric Shock Drowning (ESD)...
A Reminder About Ethanol in Gasoline
The National Boating Federation hopes your summer boating season is going well!
This is a reminder about a few of the risks of using high ethanol blends in your boat's gas tanks. We encourage you to pass it on to your membership.
Risks of using high ethanol blends may include:
Corroded and rotted fuel lines
Destruction of gaskets
Helpful links (source):
The National Boating Federation continues to monitor the use of ethanol in gasoline and works to help repeal or reform the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
National Boating Federation Request for your Testament of Harm Due to Ethanol
The National Boating Federation would like to compile YOUR information related to any incident you may have had that can be documented as being influenced by ethanol.
The attached form asks you to insert a short capture of the situation you have experienced. Should you need more than the box provided for such comment, please use another blank paper to continue. The reason is: We need your signature and contact information on the first page, with the beginning of the comments. Please, also, sign the last page of the comments you provide, if there are more than the one page.
Supporting documentation is encouraged to be included in your submittal. This can include pictures, assessments from professionals, repair bills that show the name of the business, the actual repairs being assessed and/or made, and the final charge.
Where possible, please also include the percentage of ethanol involved in the damage. Currently, there is as much as E85 available in some areas. We must know whether this E85, as the most ethanol content fuel available, or E10, the most dominant form being sold today, is the blend that caused your failure.
We encourage this form be passed to your friends and family, and ask them to do the same. We are NOT limiting this to boats! If you have an automobile, a lawn mower, or even a chain saw that was damaged by ethanol, wherein there is documentation to support the claim, we would like to know about it.
Our mission in this situation is not to get you reimbursement! We are compiling information of "harmed" individuals in order to launch this campaign against the current "Renewable Fuel Standards". Today, we see 10% to 15% ethanol impregnation in our daily fuel supplies, but that could increase with the way these standards are currently written.
As stated on the submittal form, please provide the information to: Ed Payne at email address: email@example.com
For those who have issues with scanning their document information, please make copies and mail to: National Boating Federation, P.O. Box 4111, Annapolis, MD 21403-4111. If doing this, PLEASE email to the above address anything you can, such as the form included here, as the priority communication.
We thank you, in advance, for providing your information!
2014 National Boating Federation Secretary
President Signs Legislation Important to Recreational Boaters
"Highway Bill for Boaters"
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2014 – Acknowledging that recreational boating is a significant contributor to the nation's economy as well as a growth engine for local communities, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation earlier this week that recognizes that the Federal government needs to do more to help small harbors, address longstanding dredging issues, and improve boating and navigation infrastructure. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) applauds the passing of the 2013 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) and thanks the bill's sponsors, Congressmen Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Nick Rahall, III (D-WV) and Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and David Vitter (R-LA), and the President. BoatUS was an active advocate for WRRDA and will be working on its implementation.
"Maintenance dredging for small harbors and shallow-draft channels has been chronically underfunded," said BoatUS Government Affairs Senior Program Coordinator David Kennedy. "In addition, funding for infrastructure such as jetties and some inland navigation locks has been significantly curtailed. The 2013 WRRDA Act directs the US Army Corps of Engineers to consider factors beyond total tonnage shipped in making dredging funding decisions, requires that not less than 10% of the value of operation and maintenance funds be directed to 'Emerging Harbors' or those that have less than one million tons of cargo shipped annually, and directs the Army Corps to report to Congress on the maintenance needs of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway."
Also, WRRDA for the first time treats the Great Lakes as one single comprehensive navigation system, potentially allowing funding for dredging of smaller harbors. In addition, the US Army Corps is directed to study potential new revenue sources for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund – and are required to consult recreational users, among other stakeholders.
Added Kennedy, "From small West Coast ports to Great Lakes harbors of refuge, inland locks, and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, boat owners depend on federal waterway infrastructure projects to keep them safe and provide authorized waterways deep enough for us to navigate. With 12 million registered boats in the US and over 80 million persons participating in boating, we also need to remember that boating generates $121 billion in US economic activity and over 950,000 jobs.
NMMA Partners with OPEI on "Look Before You Pump" Ethanol Education Campaign
"Look Before You Pump" ethanol education campaign. NMMA is now distributing 'Look Before You Pump' messaging and materials to our membership and other stakeholders.
Created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, the 'Look Before You Pump' campaign helps consumers protect their boat, other non-road vehicles, and outdoor power and small engine equipment investments. Read more...
Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund
The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund serves as the backbone for conservation funding in the United States, and is a critical funding pool for a diverse set of important state and national recreational fishing and boating programs.
USCG Posts Results of Recreational Boating Survey Results
Recreational boating is one of the most widely enjoyed forms of outdoor recreation in the United States, and understandably so. Our nation’s spectacular waterways, including the oceans, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, thousands of inland lakes, reservoirs and the many river systems, offer breathtaking boating opportunities nationwide.
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