Recreational Boating Information for the Northwest




See our Weekly notices page from the U.S.C.G. 13th District.
Notices obtained via e-mail subscription 
through the USCG Navigation Center.



Everyone crossing into Canada must have required documents including children. Passport, NEXUS, I-68 permit, Military I.D., or EDL's  are expectable.



Washington State law requires the operator of a recreational vessel involved in an accident to file a Washington Boat Accident Report.
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Renew your tabs on-line for your boat registration if you are a registered owner & currently registered in Wash. State. Renewals each July. 



State law requires boat operators 12yrs old & up to carry Boater Education card when operating motorboats w/15hp+. If born before 1955, card not needed.
BoatLIFE Boating Basics -
How to Winterize Your Boat​

For many boaters, annual preparation
and deep cleanings are crucial for a
successful spring launch. Winterizing
your boat ahead of time not only adds
years to the life of its motor but will
make your launch that much easier. 
Prep now for smooth sailing later. 
View full article here.​


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The Washington State Parks has the largest state-managed mooring system in the U.S. You may save money by purchasing the annual permit.


  • Call 911 only in a life threatening situation or imminent danger
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EMERGENCY  INFORMATION
Wash St Boater
Education Card
Wash St Boat
Accident Report
Notice To Mariners
USCG | 13th District
U.S. / Canadian
Customs Information
Wash St Parks
Moorage Permits
Wash St Boat
Registration Online
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2014 Argosy Christmas Ship Festival

The Argosy Christmas Ship festival
 is a holiday celebration that has 
been a Northwest tradition for over
 60 years. From the flotilla of ships to
 the crowds of people who gather 
onshore, this celebration is one of 
the gems of the holiday season.

From the end of November through
 December 23rd the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total.

Boaters are welcome to add lights to their vessel and join in the festival to help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world! Click here for more information including the 2014 cruise schedule.