National Boating Federation

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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.

NBF promotes safe boating through education, acts as a legislative watchdog and advocates for favorable boating legislation, regulations and best management practices.

The membership represents no commercial interests and sells no products. The Officers and Directors are all volunteers with strong backgrounds in all aspects of recreational boating. Our membership spans the continent from Canada to Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.

You can count on YOUR National Boating Federation's continuing commitment to the wise and direct use of YOUR boat tax dollars for YOUR benefit … be it adequate access to our ocean waterways, lakes and rivers, right of passage and of anchoring, or promotion of our prudent exercise of those rights. NBF works to avoid onerous legislation and promotes good legislation.

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Here is What's New at NBF

Message from Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer, Rear Admiral Ronald J. Rabago

This updated Strategic Plan, the Blueprint for Continuous Improvement, Version 5.0, provides the overarching strategic direction and enterprise objectives that CG-9 will focus on during the next two years and beyond. The goals articulated in this plan, as well as associated objectives and measures, enable the Coast Guard to successfully continue acquiring and delivering assets, systems and services critical to mission execution.

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Please note that this report is 61 pages long.

What Every Boater Needs To Know About Electric Shock Drowning (ESD)

The eBeacon is published with assistance from Boat Owners Association of the U.S.

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:
Phase separation
Corroded and rotted fuel lines
Destruction of gaskets
Engine damage

Helpful links (source):

Programs that establish standards for gasoline (EPA)

Gasoline boats and personal watercraft (EPA)

E15 (EPA)

Three Ethanol Myths Clarified (Boat US)

Ethanol and older outboards (Boat US)

AAA warning against using E15 in some cars (Fox Business News)

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.

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.

Taxes on fishing tackle equipment, motorboat fuel, imported boats, and small engines are pooled together to create this fund of about $700 million a year. In turn, the money is then allocated to federal and state programs for recreational boating safety, fisheries management, habitat conservation, vessel pumpout stations, water and boating access infrastructure programs, and aquatic resource education programs, among others.

Download your copy of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund brochure...

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.

In our continuing effort to protect and/or make your boating experience even better, the U.S. Coast Guard and our many partners strive to enhance both safety and enjoyment. Our focused effort begins by gaining the knowledge and understanding of who the boating community is, the assets they use, and defining the services and needs they desire. Through proper planning and insightful stewardship of limited resources, we seek to optimize those resources and align them to meet the boating community’s needs and desires.

This National Recreational Boating Survey is a foundational tool for doing just that. With the data gathered through this Survey, we now have valid scientific estimates of how many boats there are in our country, the types of boats, how many people participate in boating, and how much time is spent boating on the water.

This data is then used to comply with the directions given to the U.S. Coast Guard by the Office of Management and Budget and through audits to assess the effectiveness of our programs and to normalize various performance measures so that we and our partners can determine which variables most significantly influence boating participation and safety (i.e. the weather, the economy, changes in lifestyle, and safety initiatives).

You can locate this data both in this report by clicking here or on the web site. I encourage you to use it to support your efforts and ultimately to inform and enhance the public’s safety and our boating experience.

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