The Purchase of Lakebay Marina is Complete!

Click here to read all about it in the Key Peninsula News

A lot of work lies ahead to renovate this historic facility for all to enjoyClick HERE to donate to the 501(c)(3) RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy and be a part of the legacy!


Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is holding a public meeting on facility improvements at Blake Island Marine Park

The public meeting is Thursday, 4/28 from 6-8PM and RBAW worked with the Parks department to ensure there was online access to enable  broad boater involvement.  Click HERE to see details about the meeting and alternatives on the WA Parks and Rec website

WA Parks Department Target Timeline for improvements:

May 5th  - all questions about this plan must be submitted HERE

May 12th - Parks Department will respond to all questions

June 30th - Parks Department will select the alternative

Watercraft Excise Tax Depreciation Schedule Impact on Vessel Registrations 

June is almost here and Washington State vessel registration renewals will be due - a reminder that the recent DOR update of the Depreciation Schedule will impact many boat owners.

Click HERE to see our recent communication to members.  

Click HERE to see the DOR response to our petition.  

No-Go Zones for Boaters in Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands

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.

WA Boaters can get a fuel-tax refund on Unleaded fill ups

WA boaters can file for their road-tax refund via an app.  There is a road tax placed on all non-dyed fuel sold in Washington (RCW 82.38.180).  Refunds are issued by DOL.  See the Gallons website for more information.

Click HERE to learn more

Derelict Vessel Inventory and Funding | WA - DNR

Signed by Gov. Inslee!! DNR directs 25% of the Watercraft Excise Tax (approximately $7.5m) be moved to Derelict Vessel Removal Program

A huge thanks to our House and Senate bill sponsors – Rep. Dave Paul (D-Oak Harbor/10th Dist.) and Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Union/35th Dist.) in the House and Sens. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes/40th Dist.) and Ron Muzzall (R-Island County/10th Dist.).  A huge thanks to Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz and the folks at DNR who have partnered so well with us.

DNR Fact Sheet

Montlake Bridge in Seattle will be restricted to single-leaf opening for WSDOT work this spring

WSDOT will again be working on the Montlake Bridge in Seattle this spring and during this time boats will only have a single-leaf opening for passing under the bridge.  Dual-leaf openings will require 24- hours advance scheduling with the the bridge operator at (206) 720-3048, or VHF channel 13.  

The work should only take one full weekend to complete, but is highly weather dependent. WSDOTs schedule is either April 22 - 25; May 20 - 23 or June 3 - 6

Boaters will need to check the WSDOT Montlake Bridge Project Website and/or the WSDOT Twitter Account for scheduling.  Click the link below to review more details.


Clean Vessel Act Grant Program funds $900,000 in pumpout projects

Press Release from WA State Parks

Want to apply for a grant? Clean Vessel Act Grant Program | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Wear can I pump-out? Pumpout Washington or download the free Pumpout Nav App in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

BOATUS:  Signing of Infrastructure Bill is good for Recreational Boaters, Anglers

The nation’s largest advocacy, services, and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), says recreational boaters made some significant gains on the bill touted as a “once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure.”

Read the entire article HERE.

New U.S. Coast Guard regulation begins April 20 for disposable fire extinguishers 

All recreational boaters will need to check their disposable (non-rechargeable) fire extinguisher dates of manufacture, as well as the label for their U.S. Coast Guard classification.

This new regulation mandates a 12-year expiration date from the date of manufacture. See the below links for more information.

BoatUS: New U.S. Coast Guard Fire Extinguisher Regulation Effective April 20

US Coast Guard Boating Notice

NASBLA Newsletter

RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy - we are a 501c3 so your donations may be tax deductible! 

We have our 501c3 status so your Conservancy donations may be tax deductible.  Please consider donating to our Save Lakebay Marina drive - go to the conservancy website or send your tax deductible donations to:

RBAW Marine Parks Conservancy

PO Box 17591

Seattle, WA 98127

Southern Resident Orcas Return to the Salish Sea

Stay up on the latest Orca news on the Orca Network and new legislation regarding boats proximity to the Orcas.

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