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JoeyP posted 03-13-2008 08:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for JoeyP   Send Email to JoeyP  
I was reviewing an invoice for a new boston whaler and noticed on the bottom there was a "Grow Boating Fee" included in the purchase price. It did not say exactly how much this fee was but it is apparently based on outboard horsepower. Anybody know of this fee?
Bella con23 posted 03-13-2008 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
It appears to be an incentive program for marine equipment and boating dealerships setup to insure that certain standards are met to for the complete satisfaction of prospective buyers of those products.
Reminds me of the ISO 9000 initiative if you remember back in the late 1990's.

I don't think the dealer is adding a fee for the program, just saying he is a certified participant.

Read all about it here -
http://www.growboating.org/about/

aubv posted 03-13-2008 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Hi JoeyP,

It appears to be an attempt by the boating industry to improve on the image of boating and is based on voluntary fees paid by stakeholders (boat dealers, marinas ,etc.)However, it does not appear that the consumer is supposed to be paying a fee.

From the growboating.org website under FAQ

Who pays for Grow Boating?
The Boating Industry pays for the Grow Boating Initiative and all of its programs. Boat and engine manufacturers and marine dealers contribute the bulk of the funds. Other stakeholders, including marine accessory manufacturers, marine lenders, insurance institutions, and others are contributing as well.

The following is also from growboating.org

Horsepower Range Fee per Engine
All Engine Types
0–3.9 $1.00
4–9.9 $1.75
10–29.9 $4.75
30–49.9 $9.50
50–74.9 $15.00
75–99.9 $21.00
100–149.9 $30.00
150–199.99 $42.00
200 and over $60.00

Sterndrive Engines
100–199 $41.00
200 and over $72.00

Inboard Skiboat Engines $72.00
over 300

Inboard Cruiser Engines $72.00
over 300

JoeyP posted 03-13-2008 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoeyP  Send Email to JoeyP     
Thanks Brian, looks like you nailed it. From what I gather that fee is passed on to the consumer. So if I want to buy that 190 Outrage the $30.00 fee for the 150 Verado is out of my pocket or at least built in to the price.

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