RBAW News



U.S. Coast Guard Changes Certificate of Documentation to 5 Years - New rule will spare some boaters a yearly task

If you have a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) registered vessel, or are considering this option, there will be a change to the current process.  

Our friends at BoatUS have published a great article, including additional information, click the link below to read more.

U.S. Coast Guard Changes Certificate of Documentation to 5 years


The National Safe Boating Week campaign is coming up May 22-28, that means summer is just around the corner!

This campaign is about encouraging boaters, paddlers, anglers, hunters and anyone who enjoys recreational water activities to embrace their passion, show off their experience and encourage others to recreate responsibly. These resources are available free of charge to all boating enthusiasts.

Safe Boating Campaign

Resource Kit

Coast Guard Announces New Law Requiring Use of Engine Cut-Off Switches

Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021, as the U.S. Coast Guard implements a law passed by Congress.

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11/9/2020 Lakebay Update - Lakebay is back in play!!

Nov. 9, 2020 Statement from Bob Wise, RBAW President and President of the RBAW Marine Park Conservancy – on Lakebay Marina Being Very Much Back in Play!!

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RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy - we are a 501c3 so your donations may be tax deductible! 

We have our 501c3 status so your Conservancy donations may be tax deductible.  Please consider donating to our Save Lakebay Marina drive - go to the conservancy website or send your tax deductible donations to:

RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy

PO Box 17591

Seattle, WA 98127

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Our Friends at BoatUS advise boaters to be vigilant when renewing USCG vessel documentation

Official-Looking Vessel Documentation Renewal Notices Can Lead to Confusion and Higher Costs

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RBAW Letter responding to issues involving the Puget

Sound “No Discharge Zone”

RBAW recently sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is evaluating some components of the Puget Sound No Discharge Zone (NDZ) in response to a legal challenge. In the letter, which you can read below, RBAW laid out its reasoning for why it had objected to a Puget Sound-wide designation and instead felt a targeted zone would have been a better path to take.


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Southern Resident Orcas Return to the Salish Sea

Stay up on the latest Orca news on the Orca Network and new legislation regarding boats proximity to the Orcas.

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Have a boat at the end of its useful life?

When your dreamboat becomes a nightmare, a vessel beyond repair, please don't just abandon it. Learn about the right and legal way to get rid of an old boat. 

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