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Boat Recall Registry Information
by Steve McCadams

 To make it easier for marine manufacturers to let boat owners know about  mandated defect recalls and to increase the number of boat owners who are notified about them, BoatU.S. has launched the BoatU.S. National Recall  Alert Registry, the first of its kind in the nation. 

 Federal boat manufacturing laws require marine manufacturers to recall
defective boats and marine engines if they don't comply with U.S. Coast
Guard regulations or when they contain safety defects discovered within
 five years of the construction date.  The laws also require that companies exercise "reasonable diligence" in maintaining lists of original owners, but the system does not always work.

 "When boats or marine engines are recalled for safety reasons, owners need  to know about it," said Caroline Ajootian, BoatU.S. director of consumer  affairs.  "But manufacturers' records on boat owners are often incomplete, especially on used boats, so consumers may never be notified when safety defects are discovered. Owners may fail to return warranty cards or notify the company when they sell their boats, and the laws don't require that companies keep up-to-date records of subsequent owners," she said.

 In order to help manufacturers find "lost" boat owners, owners can now
 register their boats at They do not have to be  members of BoatU.S. to take advantage of this service.  To protect their  privacy, each owner will have a unique password. Manufacturers will be assigned passwords allowing them to access records only of the boats they  build. To date, more than 95,000 owner records are in the registry database.

 In addition, to give boat owners an easy way to keep track of new recalls,  BoatU.S. will post defect recall notices as they are published by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard oversees how boats are built in the United States and has the authority to require companies to initiate recalls. The Coast Guard's entire recall database is also available at

 "Given the increased national concern over product recalls, we think the  BoatU.S. National Recall Alert Registry will make a big difference in the  number of boaters who are notified if something goes wrong with their  boats, especially if it's potentially dangerous," said Ajootian.  "We
encourage all boat owners to sign up and to keep their postal and email
addresses and phone numbers updated so the system stays current."  

 With 515,000 members, BoatU.S. is the nation's largest organization of
recreational boaters.

The information above is compiled by outdoor writer
Steve McCadams

    Steve is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris
Landing area and host of the The Outdoor Channel's television series