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April 19, 2013
Dear BoatU.S. Member,
Do you own a federally documented vessel? The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to charge an annual fee of $26.00 for the renewal of certificates of documentation for recreational boats. While the Coast Guard charges to issue new certificates of documentation for boats, currently there is no charge for annual renewal.
This fee will only apply if your boat is federally documented and would be in addition to any state registration fees. For current information on federal vessel documentation, visit the United States Coast Guard Documentation Center.
Click here to share your thoughts with the Coast Guard on this proposal before May 3rd, 2013. Please forward this message to fellow boaters with documented vessels. If you have any additional questions, please contact BoatU.S. Government Affairs at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com.
Outdoor Industry Association Releases State-by-State Economic Data
The Outdoor Industry Association has recently released their state-by-state economic reports. Outdoor recreation, including recreational boating and fishing, is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs. The online tool allows users to hover over a state on the map to learn more, or click to download a PDF of the state's full report. Use the tool, or download resources here.
EPIRB/PLB - The Life You Save Could Be Your Own
(Downloadable in a printable format)
An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It does this by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency to a satellite that is then relayed by earth stations to the nearest rescue coordination center within moments of activation. EPIRBs that are equipped with a built-in GPS enables the rescue sources to more accurately identify your position and respond to the emergency.
Personal Location Beacons (PLB) are another type of 406 MHz emergency signaling devise. Usually smaller than an EPIRB, these devices are designed for individual personal use. There are many models available and functions can vary. These are not recommended for maritime use unless they are fully waterproof and can be submerged.