Documentation To Be
Valid For Five Years
The Coast Guard Reauthorization
Act of 2015 passed in late December
with a nice holiday bonus for recreational boaters. Starting in 2017,
a certificate of documentation will
remain valid for five years instead
of just one year. Boat owners will,
however, need to reapply for a new
certificate if there are any changes
of address or a new home port.
BoatU.S. and other boating
groups, including the Seven Seas
Cruising Association, advocated for
this extension after the U.S. Coast
Guard began charging an annual
fee for documentation renewal.
This policy change was championed by congressman Peter
DeFazio (D-OR), an active recreational boater, with support
from congressmen Bill Shuster
(R-PA), Duncan Hunter (R-CA),
and John Garamendi (D-CA).
— DAVID KENNEDY
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Advisory Council Weighs In On Boating Trends And Issues
BoatU.S. National Advisory Council members and BoatU.S. staff gathered for their annual
meeting last November. From left, front row: Kris Carroll, president, Grady-White Boats; John
Alter, past chief commander, United States Power Squadrons; Jim Ellis, former president,
BoatU.S.; Lenora S. Clark, former California boating commissioner; second row: Dean Travis
Clarke, former executive editor, Bonnier Marine Group; Chuck Hawley, director, US Sailing;
Margaret Bonds Podlich, president of BoatU.S.; Kirk La, CEO, BoatU.S.; Darren Rider, president, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators; John Flynn, public policy advisor, Squire Patton Boggs; third row: Chris Edmonston, president, BoatU.S. Foundation; Thom
Dammrich, president, National Marine Manufacturers Association; Bob Adriance, former editor, Seaworthy; Ralph Longfellow, president, Recreational Boaters of California.