Some of our recent accomplishments include:

  • Helping hold the line on taxes. So far, we have kept the state from quadrupling the registration excise tax from the current 1/2 of 1 % to 2% or more. 
  • Keeping up the fight to get boaters their fair share for the taxes they pay. We work to make boat taxes go toward boating programs, not the state general fund. 
  • Supporting sensible environmental programs and laws via our membership inthe National Clean Boating Campaign. We subscribe to the slogan "BOATING IS GOOD CLEAN FUN, LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY". 
  • Coming to your defense against unnecessary restrictions, such as a recently proposed "No Discharge Zone" for all of Puget Sound, outlawing on-board treatment plant discharges, despite no scientifically-justified need for such ban. 
  • Supporting state funding for boating safety projects, educates boaters on safety and environmental issues, and promotes the proper and safe use of marine equipment and marine radios. 
  • Working with our Canadian neighbors. We meet with the B.C. Council of Yacht Clubs and exchange ideas that help boaters from both countries know and understand each other's problems with customs, fisheries, boating laws, safety and education, environmental regs, and Coast Guard operations. 
  • Supporting pro boating legislation at a national level. RBAW is a principle member of the National Boating Federation (NBF). Our voice is also heard in Washington, D.C. on federal boating issues. 
  • Keeping boaters informed. A periodic newsletter is sent to each member and is posted on this website to keep you up on pertinent issues. 
  • Helping the state to "Get it Right" when they passed the new PFD laws. 
  • Saving boaters money by reducing government intrusion and regulations. Yet the dues for RBAW are far less than the money you save each year. 

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Recreational Boating Association of Washington
P.O. Box 17063
Seattle, WA 98127

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