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In the Federal Register—Calling All Commenters

Federal Register Notice: Boating Accident Report – CLOSED Jan. 22, 2018
The current Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Form CG 3865 form will expire March 31, 2019. On Nov. 20, 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard published a 60-day Federal Register Notice indicating intent to submit an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget for approval of an extension to the collection 1625-0003 Boating Accident Report (BAR). Deadline for public comment was Jan. 22, 2019 (www.regulations.gov, Docket USCG-2018-0881). A copy of NASBLA's Jan. 22 submission to the docket is posted at Advocacy - Policy - Federal Register - Boating Accident Report.

Although the Notice states the extension of the collection is “without change,” the proposed CG 3865 form does have some modifications to bring the Coast Guard into alignment with term changes that were authorized in CFR as a result of the 2012 issuance of the Final Rule on Changes to SNS, VIS and BARD.  The changes affect the terms for vessel types, propulsion type, fuel type, and engine type, and delete the “amount” of fire extinguishers used. For more information, click here.

See Advocacy - Policy - Federal Register for information about other recently-closed notices and final rules that impact recreational boating and RBS programs.

Meeting News

Up next. The 2019 Spring BLA Workshop will be held Feb. 28-March 1, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lexington, KY. On March 2,  NASBLA's policy committees will convene for their spring in-person sessions, also in Lexington.


In May 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard released its annual Recreational Boating Statistics publication. The 2017 report shows boating fatalities down 6.1 percent from 2016, but the 658 deaths represent the second highest number of fatalities on record in the last five years. Check out the Lighthouse’s Get Equipped portal for links to this and previous year’s statistics.


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