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Fall Boating -Plan, Prepare for the Perfect Voyage - 11/24/20

Oregon is blessed with a plethora of boating opportunities year-round but fall and winter require more preparation and planning. This year is no exception and boaters are urged to take a few extra steps to ensure a safe voyage.

Oregon’s waterways are cold year-round and noticeably cold now, so dress for the water temperature and expect to get wet. For paddlers, SUPers, and rafters, the Marine Board recommends wearing a wet suit, dry suit, warm layers, and a life jacket designed for the activity. At a minimum, carry a cell phone in a dry bag/container or other communication device, and share a float plan with friends or family so they can call for help if you are overdue. 

Fall rains can also cause dramatic rises in river flows. Because of this year’s historic wildfires, these fluctuations may be quicker and larger, and more debris is entering the rivers and lakes. The water is staying muddy much longer as well. Boaters are encouraged to monitor NOAA weather for their region, check river gauges and reservoir levels, and to visit the agency’s interactive Boat Oregon Map with information to contact facility owners and learn if access is open. The Marine Board works closely with marine law enforcement to assess reported navigation obstructions as well, adding verified obstructions to the map with river sections to avoid or recommendations for safe passage, where possible. Conditions are dynamic, though, with new obstructions reported almost daily right now. Scout ahead in unknown waters.

Boating has become a great escape during this time of COVID but requires vigilance and skill. If you’re new to boating, take advantage of a free online paddling course or other boating safety education offerings for motorboat operators. Start out in locations that are calm and sheltered from rapidly changing conditions due to weather or water volume.

Learn more at www.boatoregon.com.

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Marine Board Seeks Written Public Comment on Prineville Reservoir No Wake Zone - 11/05/20

The Oregon State Marine Board is soliciting written comments on proposed rules affecting boat operations on Prineville Reservoir. The proposed rules amend Oregon Administrative Rule 250-020-0073, Boat Operations in Crook County.

In August, the Marine Board received a petition from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office and Prineville Reservoir State Park requesting the Marine Board establish a no-wake, 5 MPH zone adjacent to the Prineville Reservoir State Park Marina extending across the Reservoir to the west shore of West Robert’s Bay. At the Quarterly Board Meeting on October 21, 2020, the Board voted to accept the petition and initiate rulemaking. The proposed restrictions would be in effect seasonally from May 1 through October 1. Local rules (Oregon Administrative Rule 250-020-0073) currently prohibit boaters from operating in excess of slow no-wake speed within 200’ of the shoreline on Prineville Reservoir.

A virtual public hearing will take place on December 17, from 10 am to 1 pm. Hearing details can be found on the agency’s Public Meeting page.

Written comment will be accepted until December 20, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Comments must be received prior to the closure time/date to be considered. Comments can also be submitted by email to .rulemaking@oregon.gov">osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov  or by U.S. Mail to Jennifer Cooper, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301.   

The Board will deliberate at their Quarterly Board Meeting on January 21, 2020, and may vote to adopt the proposed rules as written or to pursue another direction.

To view the notice and proposed rules, visit

https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.

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Example of a valid boat registration decal.
Example of a valid boat registration decal.
It's Boat Registration Renewal Time (Photo) - 11/02/20

The Oregon State Marine Board will be emailing boat registration renewals to boaters who have an email on file for boats with registration expiring 12/31/2020 on November 1. Boaters without an email on file will receive a mailed Boat Registration Renewal Notice the week of November 9. Each renewal notice is unique to the owner and their boat.

Renewing digitally using the Marine Board’s Boat Oregon online store is fast and easy. After completing the transaction, boat owners can print a temporary permit and go boating right away. Registrations are printed the next business day for mailing. Using the Boat Oregon Store is also more cost-efficient, saving postage and administrative costs, allowing the agency to leverage registration dollars for boating facility improvement projects and on-water marine law enforcement services. Fees also support the aquatic invasive species prevention and abandoned derelict vessel programs.

Another renewal option is U.S. Mail. Boaters who do not have an email address on file will be mailed a registration renewal. Simply return payment and remittance coupon in the return envelope to the Marine Board. Boater owners who receive an emailed registration renewal can also print the email and mail it along with a check or money order.

Any watercraft with a motor or sailboats 12 feet or longer are required to title and register with the Marine Board. Registration fees vary based on boat length. The average boat length in Oregon is 16 feet, so the cost of a two-year registration is $100.20. 

Remember to contact the Marine Board if you’ve sold your boat so staff can update the boat record. Reporting a sale is easy online. The last owner on record will be contacted if a boat is deemed abandoned or derelict and may be held liable for the removal, storage, dismantling, and disposal costs. Failure to report a transfer is a Class D violation ($115 fine). It’s also state law that any new owner of a boat, boathouse, or floating home with valid identifying numbers apply for a boat title and registration within 30 days (ORS 830.710 (1)(2)).

Access the online store, view the registration fee table, and find other forms, such as a courtesy Bill of Sale in the forms library on the agency’s website.

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