Numerous marine groups are organizing a whole-of-industry response to a proposed federal rule that would require East Coast boats as small as 35 feet to cruise no faster than 10 knots in widespread speed-restriction zones.
“We’re ramping up and activating the industry to respond to this threat. It’s unprecedented. It’s massive regulatory overreach. It’s a huge consumer safety issue,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president and CEO Frank Hugelmeyer told Soundings Trade Only in late September. “We will do whatever we have to do to prevent this from going into place, including legal action.”