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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!

 Free Mobile Pump-outs!

RBAW has launched a FREE Mobile Pumpout service for weekends and holidays this summer in the following
West Sound locations:

  • Liberty Bay in Poulsbo
  • Port of Poulsbo guest dock
  • Blake Island Marine Park (dock, mooring balls and anchorage)
  • Illahee State Park anchorage Fort Ward State Park anchorage
  • Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island

#MindtheZone this Summer

The seaplane advisory buoys will be installed for Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Help us keep everyone safe on Lake Union this summer and reach out to if you would like signage for your business, marina, yacht club, paddle group, etc.

RBAW Awarded CVA Grants!

RBAW is excited to announce that we have been awarded two (2) Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grants, securing federal pass-through money that is administered and awarded by Washington State Parks. Both grants are for mobile pump-out capabilities and supports our goal of increasing their availability in Puget Sound.

Click here to read more!

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.