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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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The Department of Commerce recently initiated an unfair trade practices case for aluminum—a critical material for the marine industry.

Marine manufacturers rely on aluminum sheet for boat construction, trailers, engines, and component parts and source this raw material from domestic and foreign producers. The recent investigation by the Department of Commerce could significantly jeopardize our industry by imposing import duties of 60% and above on certain foreign aluminum. Small boat manufacturers may face not only higher prices from foreign and domestic sources, but also shortages. Wide width aluminum sheet—a staple for safe boat manufacturing may become cost prohibitive and/or unavailable.

Over 12,000 U.S. marine manufacturing jobs, 10,000 marine dealer jobs and $3 billion in aluminum boat sales could be put at risk by the Administration’s action. This would impose a significant price burden on manufacturers, and ultimately has the potential to raise prices for the consumer.

Take action now and tell Congress to speak up against the Administration’s action and protect American marine jobs!

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The National Boating Federation delegate from Chicago Yachting Association has researched the 'Aluminum' situation and his findings are shared with you below:

The ONLY dumping of aluminum is for ONLY the alloys 3003 and 5052. 5XXX alloys / grades are used in some marine applications.

There are only 3 mills in the USA that produce sheet in the alloys that are used in the marine and automotive industries. One is ALCOA, who almost went out of the sheet business. Then the Automotive industry started to build more cars and trucks with aluminum sheet. This saved ALCOA. The other two mills are small independent mills and were also saved.

This surcharge started in the Obama years. Because of all the confusion as to what is dumped has everyone up at arms trying to assume other alloys are not being snuck into the states. China has caused this primarily in only two alloys, as I have stated. The 3003 alloy is primarily used in lawn furniture when extruded as tube and in sheet used in the marine industry. Most commonly, 6061 and 6262 are used. These are more expensive then the 3003 alloy. I assume that cheaper makes since to those who use the 5XXX alloy sheet in the manufacturing of marine products, so they have a greater profit margin.

However, when the Government put on the 65% surcharge, the US mills raised their prices to be just below the dumped + the Surcharge price to increase their margins so that they would not be losing as before the Surcharge was implemented.

All other aluminum shapes, alloys and grades are NOT affected and only SHEET GOODS are getting the Surcharge. The 3003 alloy is typically made from the mix of various aluminum alloys that cannot be separated since they all look alike when they are scrapped. This alloy is the junk and a mix of the unknown.

Click here to read the entire article by Walter "Sonny" Lisowski of the Chicago Yachting Association...

News Release
November 2016


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety released the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program 2017 to 2021 Wednesday.

This plan is the third in a series of five-year strategic plans and continues or updates boating safety initiatives and progress measurements that have proven successful over time, while closing gaps identified in the most recent review of strategic opportunities. "This strategic plan is an important piece of the Coast Guard's boating safety program," said Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy. "Over the next five years, the Coast Guard will work closely with representatives of national recreational boating safety organizations to implement the various elements of the plan."

The plan includes three primary initiatives: improve and expand recreational boating education, training and outreach; update, leverage and enforce policies, regulations and standards; and improve and expand recreational boating data collection and research.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating safety course, attach your engine cut-off switch, get a free vessel safety check and avoid alcohol or other impairing substance consumption.

For further information on the current and past strategic plans, go to

For more information on the Coast Guard's boating safety program, go to

Safety Alert: Check for Problems Before Your Life Depends On It...

We're not inflating the importance of this message. This safety alert reminds all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment. Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life jackets failed to properly inflate have been documented. When a life jacket fails to inflate properly, the results can be life threatening. Unknown bladder leaks may exist, fabric degradation or an improperly installed CO2 cylinder is all it takes to render an inflatable life jacket ineffective by preventing its inflation or ability to stay inflated.

Various manufacturers of inflatable equipment will likely have different maintenance instructions for their products and directions for the user to service and inspect the devices. Knowing and following the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions are critical. Proper maintenance service and inspection will ensure all parts of the life jacket including the bladder, inflation mechanism and CO2 cylinder are checked and in good working order.

The Coast Guard highly recommends routine maintenance, service, and inspection in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
The following inflatable life jacket inspection guidance is for informational purposes only and does not supersede any manufacturer recommendations or instruction...

Safety Alert: Routine Lifejacket Inspections

The Coast Guard issued a safety alert to remind all vessel operators to routnely inspect their lifejackets to ensure they are suitable for service. Recently Coast Guard inspectors discovered over 60 lifejackets that were required to be removed and destroyed. It was discovered that the unicellular foam buoyant material within the nylon outer shell had degraded significantly over time, broke apart, crumbled and in some instances was reduced to dust. The lifejackets were properly stored, kept dry, and not under direct sunlight; however, the location was very hot at times.

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the Marine Safety Alet: Stem to Stern, Foam to Dust, Inspecting Your Lifejackets is a Must!

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.

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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