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    I recently received a Christmas card/letter from an old friend in California. He mentioned that he had just received a certificate for completing the California Safe Boating Course, which is
    required to apply for the new "California Boater Card". The law goes into effect 1-1-18 in order to operate a boat. Maybe a good idea, but just another government regulation IMO. Maybe it will bring insurance rates down. Happy New Year everyone.

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    Follow the link, for 29.95 per person.
    https://www.boaterexam.com/usa/calif...boatinglicense

    + the additional vehicle registration tax effective 1-1-2018

    The TIF is based on the vehicle’s current market value. Customers with a vehicle renewal notice due on January 1, 2018 and later will include the TIF.
    Vehicles with Market Value Range Transportation Improvement Fee
    Between $0 and $4,999 $25
    Between $5,000 and $24,999 $50
    Between $25,000 and $34,999 $100
    Between $35,000 and $59,999 $150
    $60,000 and higher $175

    California's new years gift to all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boat 104 View Post
    Follow the link, for 29.95 per person.
    https://www.boaterexam.com/usa/calif...boatinglicense

    + the additional vehicle registration tax effective 1-1-2018

    The TIF is based on the vehicle’s current market value. Customers with a vehicle renewal notice due on January 1, 2018 and later will include the TIF.
    Vehicles with Market Value Range Transportation Improvement Fee
    Between $0 and $4,999 $25
    Between $5,000 and $24,999 $50
    Between $25,000 and $34,999 $100
    Between $35,000 and $59,999 $150
    $60,000 and higher $175

    California's new years gift to all
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    Looks like i'm missing out on this.
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    This is horrible! Judging by what I see on holidays, half the boat owners can't pass this test! They will have to sell their boats. The market will be flooded with thousands of boats for sale. Prices will crash. Wait . . . this could be a good time to get a deal on one. Never mind . . . this might be a good thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeE ss13 View Post
    This is horrible! Judging by what I see on holidays, half the boat owners can't pass this test! They will have to sell their boats. The market will be flooded with thousands of boats for sale. Prices will crash. Wait . . . this could be a good time to get a deal on one. Never mind . . . this might be a good thing!
    I will follow the "Boats for Sale" closely.

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    I just paid my registration today in the sum of $36 for my 89 Biesemeyer. I'm so glad my family and I are moving to Meridian/Nampa area in the great state of Idaho in early June. Just sold our house and right now we're temporarily renting a home until the move. I've lived in California my entire life of 66 years and it has absolutely become a loony-tune state, thanks to Governor Clown and his merry band of socialists. Can't wait to move to the solid RED state of Idaho!!

    By the way, the only thing I have left to complete on my Pro Stock Biesemeyer is my fiberglass/carbon fiber pinch seat and my carbon fiber windshield and they're almost done. When the boat is finished, I'll put some pictures up on here. Really looking forward to racing it at the Long Beach and Burley shows! Until then my friends, take care.

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    This is the online study guide my wife and I took earlier this year. She had not boated much and for support I did it with her. Boating Safety Classes and Courses
    It was free, they sent the exam, multiple choice in the mail we took them and sent them in. A few weeks later we received the certificates in the mail. A couple month later we applied for the boaters card, $10 I think, we e filed with an attached picture of our certificates and within 24 hours had a temp card via email and are scheduled to receive our cards when the start sending them. Was it hard? No. Did I learn something? Yes. Will it make a difference in the boating world? I hopes so but unlikely.

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    I hope that also applies to the Jet Ski bunch. I read about the incident in Havasu where the the catamaran flipped to miss that clown. I realize that was not in California however.
    Here in Louisiana the Jet Skis are a real pain in the bayous. And I guess there will eventually be a similar requirement here once someone smells the $ from the fees.
    In regards to the TIF, is that for cars, trucks & boat trailers ?

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    I am sure the stupid state will lose money implementing the program.

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    We have had that here in little Cali (Maryland) for decades for boats and PWC's. The only way it would pass is if the grandfathered in everyone born before 1972. It didn't help. Sadly the only thing that did help was the recession of 08'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenny nunez View Post
    I hope that also applies to the Jet Ski bunch. I read about the incident in Havasu where the the catamaran flipped to miss that clown. I realize that was not in California however.
    Here in Louisiana the Jet Skis are a real pain in the bayous. And I guess there will eventually be a similar requirement here once someone smells the $ from the fees.
    In regards to the TIF, is that for cars, trucks & boat trailers ?
    They are considered to be a "Personal Water Craft", so I would think that the law would apply to them as well. If not, they should include them.

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    The way I am reading it is that it is getting "phased in".

    I got it from here. ​California Boater Card – Coming January 1, 2018



    As of the dates shown below, these boaters will be required to carry a boater card issued by DBW, unless they meet certain exemptions. **California Harbors and Navigation Code Section 678.11(b) contains the following phase-in schedule based on operator age:


    • January 1, 2018 Persons 20 years of age or younger
    • January 1, 2019 Persons 25 years of age or younger
    • January 1, 2020 Persons 35 years of age or younger
    • January 1, 2021 Persons 40 years of age or younger
    • January 1, 2022 Persons 45 years of age or younger
    • January 1, 2023 Persons 50 years of age or younger
    • January 1, 2024 Persons 60 years of age or younger
    • January 1, 2025 All persons regardless of age

    * While this statute takes effect on January 1, 2018, DBW is in the process of promulgating regulations. Pending the adoption of the regulations, DBW will continue its education and outreach efforts regarding the CBC Program. The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the CBC Program regulations in early 2018. DBW will post information regarding the regulations soon.
    **California age restrictions for operating a motorized vessel: According to California Harbors and Navigation Code Section 658.5, NO person under 16 years of age may operate a boat with a motor of more than 15 horsepower, except for a sailboat that does not exceed 30 feet in length or a dinghy used directly between a moored boat and the shore (or between two moored boats). The law allows children 12-15 years of age to operate boats with a motor of more than 15 horsepower or sailboats over 30 feet if supervised on board by an adult at least 18 years of age who is in possession of a California Boater Card as required by California law. Violating these provisions constitutes an infraction.
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    The wife and I took the Coast Guard Reserve Boating Safety Course at a local college. It dropped our insurance rate and it was a good thing to do.
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    The bad part of this law is(as i understand it) it is only for California residents. You don't have to take the test if your from out of state

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