National Boating Federation

Welcome from the National Boating Federation



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

Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. "If You See Something, Say Something™"
engages the public in protecting our homeland through awareness–building, partnerships, and other outreach.
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to read more about the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.

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.

Reminder About Ethanol in Gasoline

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...

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