The Federal Boat Safety Act has changed recreational boating for the better
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Celebrating 50 Years
On August 10th, 1971, President Richard Nixon signed the Federal Boat Safety Act (FBSA). The act mandated a cooperative Federal-State effort to improve the safety of recreational boating in the United States. It also established the National Recreational Boating Safety Program and gave the U.S. Coast Guard the authority to establish mandatory boat manufacturing and safety standards.
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The 1960sMore people boating than ever before and high number of boating-related accidents and fatalities.
August 10, 1971President Richard Nixon signed the Federal Boat Safety Act (FBSA).
Joining the Cause in 1972The Act motivated other organizations to get involved to make safe boating a year-round mission.
1972 to 1975Recreational boating fatality rate dropped greatly and was 12% lower than it was in 1971.
Fifty Years LaterThe Federal Boat Safety Act is still just as important.
Today, because of the FBSA...Recreational boating accidents are at historic lows. The boating industry is one of the most cooperative industries. There are common guidelines and standards for boat safety.
VP, Chaparral Boats, Inc.
President, Marine Retailers Association
Regulatory Development and Coordination Manager, U.S. Coast Guard