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Dec. 31 is the deadline to renvew registrations for watercraft with a motor or sailboats longer than 12 feet

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - If you own any watercraft with a motor, or a sailboat 12 feet or longer, then you should have received a boat registration renewal notice in the mail recently from the Oregon State Marine Board.

If you own any watercraft with a motor, or a sailboat 12 feet or longer, then you should have received a boat registration renewal notice in the mail recently from the Oregon State Marine Board.

The agency mailed more than 37,000 of the notices recently to boat owners, reminding them that their registrations expire on Dec. 31. The agency plans to send electronic registration renewals to more than 38,000 boat owners who have emails on file with the state as well.

Renewing a boat license using the Marine Board's online store is simple and, after completing the transaction, boaters can print a temporary permit and hit the water right away. A second option, according to a press release, is to mail the payment and coupon to the Marine Board, but registration decals won't be mailed until seven to 10 days from the date of the receipt and may take two to four weeks to arrive by mail.

State statutes require any watercraft with a motor or sailboat 12 feet or longer to be titled and registered with the Marine Board; the fees vary based on the boat's length. The average boat length in Oregon is 16 feet, which requires a two-year registration of $100.

The fees pay for improvements to boating facilities, on-water law enforcement, invasive species prevention and programs to rid the waterways of abandoned derelict vessels.

The Marine Board's online store can be found at www.boatoregon.com/store. Boat owners can view registration fees at www.oregon.gov/osmb/Pages/Boat-Fees.aspx.


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