Did you know that Florida has recently implemented a law that can impose hefty fines of up to $25,000 per occurrence on boat owners and businesses? Dubbed the "Carfax for Boats" law, it came into effect today! According to FL HB475, all boats classified as "Hull Damaged" are now required to have a hull damaged brand added to their title. This law introduces an additional layer of transparency and security when purchasing pre-owned boats in Florida, similar to the information consumers receive when buying used cars.
Starting July 1, 2023, if you are a boat owner, commercial business, or insurance agency operating in Florida and you damage a vessel without applying for a hull damaged title before transferring the ownership, you could face fines of up to $25,000 per occurrence!
The passing of this law in Florida was influenced by several key stakeholders, including Boat History Report, David Kennedy from BoatUS, David Dickerson from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), as well as members of the Uniform Law Commission and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
Caroline Mantel, our Director of Business Development, expressed her thoughts on the matter, stating, "The goal is to make boating safer; this includes boat buying and selling, being out on the water, laws that protect boaters, etc. Anything that makes boating safer helps the boating industry and other businesses associated with it."
While running a Boat History Report remains the best way to obtain the complete history of a boat, this new law represents a significant step forward for boating in Florida.
For more information or any inquiries regarding this law, please contact Caroline Mantel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As the temperature rises and the days grow longer, there's no better way to embrace the beauty of the great outdoors than by engaging in the age-old pastimes of fishing and boating. It's time to dust off your fishing rods, pack your tackle boxes, and head out to the water as we celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week from June 3-11, 2023. This week-long event not only encourages us to appreciate the wonders of nature but also provides an excellent opportunity to create lasting memories with our loved ones.
Explore the Great Outdoors:
National Fishing and Boating Week invites people from all walks of life to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature and enjoy the bounties of our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Whether you're an experienced angler or a novice looking to cast your first line, this event offers something for everyone. From tranquil lakes to rushing rivers and even deep-sea adventures, the options are endless.
Quality Time with Family:
In today's fast-paced world, finding quality time to spend with our families is often a challenge. National Fishing and Boating Week provides the perfect opportunity to disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect with our loved ones. It's a chance to teach our children the joys of fishing, instilling in them a love for nature and conservation. The shared experiences of casting a line, waiting for a bite, and celebrating a catch create bonds that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Engaging in fishing and boating activities not only rejuvenates the soul but also offers numerous health benefits. Casting a line and reeling in fish can improve coordination, enhance motor skills, and strengthen muscle groups. Spending time in nature promotes mental well-being, reduces stress levels, and provides a much-needed break from the demands of everyday life. Additionally, boating activities provide opportunities for exercise and adventure, such as kayaking, canoeing, or even paddleboarding.
Conservation and Stewardship:
National Fishing and Boating Week also serves as a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and responsible boating practices. It encourages participants to respect the habitats of aquatic creatures, practice catch-and-release fishing, and adhere to local fishing regulations. By nurturing a sense of stewardship, we can help preserve these resources for future generations to enjoy.
Local Events and Activities:
Throughout National Fishing and Boating Week, communities nationwide come alive with various events and activities. Fishing derbies, boat shows, educational workshops, and fishing tournaments are just a few examples of the exciting happenings that take place. These events provide the perfect opportunity to meet fellow fishing enthusiasts, learn from seasoned anglers, and discover new techniques and tricks of the trade.
As National Fishing and Boating Week approaches, it's time to embrace the beauty of the outdoors and embark on unforgettable adventures. Whether you're an experienced angler or a first-time boater, this week-long celebration offers endless opportunities for family fun, relaxation, and exploration. Take this chance to cast your worries aside, create lasting memories, and revel in the wonders of nature. So grab your fishing gear, prepare your boats, and get ready to reel in the fun during National Fishing and Boating Week!
Suzuki Marine USA, Inc. has announced the grand opening of its new Suzuki Marine Technical Center in Panama City, Florida. The state-of-the-art facility is located on a 20-acre waterfront property and includes a 9,037-square-foot main building with office space, conference rooms, technical/service bays, inside boat storage, and other important equipment. Other amenities of the property include additional buildings, a private launch ramp with docks, and a 300-foot protective seawall.
The Grand Opening event was attended by Suzuki staff from its Tampa, Florida corporate headquarters, select dealers and boatbuilding partners, local dignitaries, Suzuki Motor Corporation VIPs, and members of the boating press. Among those in attendance were Mr. Shuichi Mishima, Executive General Manager of Marine Operations for Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan; State of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis; and City of Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki.
“We are thrilled to open our new Technical Center in Panama City,” said George “Gus” Blakely, Suzuki Marine Executive Vice President Sales & Service. “This facility will allow us to further our commitment to innovation and excellence in the marine industry. We are grateful to the City of Panama City, Bay County, and the State of Florida for their support in making this project possible.”
The Suzuki Marine Technical Center will be used for a variety of purposes, including:
The opening of the Suzuki Marine Technical Center is a major milestone for Suzuki Marine USA. The facility will help the company to continue to innovate and improve its products, and it will also serve as a valuable resource for Suzuki dealers and customers.
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