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Who is RBAW?

Since our formation in the 1950s, RBAW has been instrumental in supporting the needs of the recreational boating community and helping grow it to represent the owners
of over 250,000 boats on Washington waters. We are an organization of passionate boaters carrying out statewide advocacy of recreational boating issues and opportunities. We pride ourselves on being the “Voice of Boaters” in Olympia.

RBAW is the only organization in Washington that supports the needs of the recreational boaters through advocacy, awareness, and preservation and growth of boating opportunities in our state. The work we do directly affects every boater on Washington waters.  

RBAW News!

Thank you to all of our volunteers efforts during the February 2024 Seattle Boat Show! You helped RBAW gain 73 new individual members!

Thank you to all of our RBAW members that stopped by the booth to show your support of RBAW!

RBAW Secures Big Wins for Recreational Boating in the 2024 Legislative Session!

The 2024 legislative session concluded on March 7, and RBAW is happy to report that we were able to secure our top two priorities for this session!

Click here to read more!

Do you want to support over 250,000 Washington boaters? Become a proud RBAW Contributing Member today!

To learn more about how your business can support what's important to the recreational boater in WA, and get notice by our 7,000+ members contact our Executive Director today!

Thank you to RBAW President, Bob Wise and The Boat Geeks for sharing the important work that we do! Working together, we amplify the voices of NW boaters!

View the full podcast here,

Lakebay Marina Redevelopment
RBAW secured $206,000 in the state capital budget for continued renovation work. This additional money brings the total to over $500,000 obtained over the last two legislative sessions to continue renovating the Lakebay Marina! 
Click here to learn more. 

RBAW Highlighted in the July edition of the Northwest Yachting magazine!

Click here to read RBAW's article "Making Waves".

Watercraft Excise Tax Depreciation Schedule Impact on Vessel Registrations 

RBAW and others testified in a DOR public meeting on Tuesday, 7/19 in support of our position that the current depreciation schedule does not accurately represent boat values in out years.

Click HERE to see the DOR response to our petition.  

Click HERE for more information on the WA State Watercraft Excise Tax

Derelict Vessel Inventory and Funding | WA - DNR

Legislature approves directing 25% of WET funds to Derelict Vessel Removal

A huge thanks to our House and Senate bill sponsors:

Rep. Dave Paul (D-Oak Harbor/10th Dist.) Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Union/35th Dist.)

Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes/40th Dist.)

Ron Muzzall (R-Island County/10th Dist.)

And to Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz and the folks at DNR who have partnered so well with us. Thank you!

DNR Fact Sheet

RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy is a 501c3, donations may be tax deductible!

Please consider donating to our Lakebay Marina renovation  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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Calling all Seattle-area boaters!

Affordable, hands-on powerboat handling courses for beginner and experienced boaters alike are now available from Ahoy Rentals Seattle in partnership with the @BoatUSFoundation.

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Where to Pump-out, or contact Mobile Services that will come to You!

Click the link below to easily find locations when you can pump-out - or businesses that operate mobile pump-outs. Boating is good clean fun, lets keep it that way!

No-Go Zones for Boaters in Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands:  June 1 to November 30

Boaters should be aware of two seasonal No-Go Zones in the Gulf Islands, and the one year-round voluntary No-Go Zone in the San Juan Islands. Our friends at Waggoner Guide have all the information, click HERE to learn more.