Boat

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Tennessee boaters have all of June to renew boat registrations before the first fee increase in 12 years is implemented on July 1st, pending final approval from the Government Operations Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly.

The previous registration fees for a boat up to 16 feet were $13 for a single year, $24 for two, and $35 for three years.

The new fees will be $15, $28 and $41 respectively.

Vessels from 16 to 26 feet will see an increase from $25 to $29 for a year.

Vessels from 26 to 40 feet increases from $38 to $44 and those over 40 feet will increase from $51 to $59 for one year.

Any boat operated by a gas engine, electric motor or sail must be registered. The consumer price index has changed significantly since the last rates were set.

Owners will not see the increase until their current registration expires. 

Boats powered by paddles, such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and rafts are not required to be registered. 

Boats can be registered online at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at any Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional office in Jackson.

The TWRA reports there are approximately 264,000 boats registered. 

The new fees calculated at the lowest single year rate, means the TWRA will see rate revenue growth somewhere in the neighborhood of between $8.5 and $9.7 million.

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