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Marine Trades Program



I BOAT NJ graphicOn July 1, 2002 the New Jersey State FY 2003 Budget was approved, and included a boater registration fee increase. The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved the fee increase outlined in Assembly Bill No. 2506 as part of an omnibus budget package.

Fees for the initial numbering of all vessels and for each renewal certificate issued thereto, were adjusted as follows:

  • All vessels less than 16 ft. $12 per year;
  • 16 ft. or more but less than 26 ft. $28 per year;
  • 26 ft. or more but less than 40 ft. $52 per year;
  • 40 ft. or more but less than 65 ft. $80 per year;
  • 65 ft. or more $250 per year.

Pursuant to Section 12 of P.L. 1962, c. 73 (C. 12:7-34.47) these revenue derived from the fee increase were directed into the Maritime Industry Fund I BOAT NJ line item, managed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation/Office of Maritime Resources (NJDOT/OMR). Throughout New Jersey's 130 miles of coastline, 1,792 miles of shoreline, and plentiful inland waterways, lakes, and bays, there are numerous opportunities suitable for enhancement with Maritime Industry Funds. These opportunities can be translated into projects ideal in purpose and objective to fulfill the goal of the dedication of boater registration fees.


The I BOAT NJ Program Mission Statement

The I BOAT NJ Program provides grant funds to selected eligible applicants to promote, improve and enhance the marine industry in the State of New Jersey for the benefit of the general boating public.


Past Grant Cycle Awards  
February 2008 (4 projects) Seventh Grant Cycle (pdf, 177kb)
August 2007 (8 projects) Sixth Grant Cycle (pdf, 177kb)
February 2007 (6 projects) Fifth Grant Cycle (pdf, 196 kb)
August 2006 (17 projects) Fourth Grant Cycle (pdf 177 kb)
February 2006 (8 projects) Third Grant Cycle (pdf 176 kb)
August 2005 (6 projects) Second Grant Cycle (pdf 50 kb)
February 2005 (16 projects) Inaugural Grant Cycle (pdf 68 kb)


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