Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of
Congress, distinguished guests and fellow
boaters; I thank you for the opportunity to
discuss the nautical state of our Union.
Despite the alleged preponderance of fake news
about so many aspects of our republic, the state
of our favorite form of recreation has never
Americans for many generations have enjoyed the
fulfillment of life through boating, whether
under power or under sail. It remains unmatched,
even by golf, a pursuit that has some
popularity, I have been told.
Boating has proven to be an endeavor for all.
Newlyweds often enhance their lifelong
commitment to one another through the search for
and purchase of their first boat and those
Families grow together, making our country that
much stronger, through cruises and allied
endeavors such as water skiing, fishing and
visiting new locations. Such nautical activities
expand their knowledge of and appreciation for
this great nation.
Young sailors become
responsible adults through their experiences and
tasks on board, things they must do without
interruption or disruption from those devices
that provide access to the web. No mean feat of
itself, and a way to experience and learn about
the beauty and bounty of nature that simply
cannot be achieved while focused on that
man-made item in the palm of their hand.
Yes, my fellow Americans,
boating builds better Americans by making those
who choose to go to sea more aware of what this
great land has to offer all of us.
as couples approach their golden years, boating
offers new horizons for them to experience and
While this wonderful form of education and
recreation has never been stronger, it can be
better. Consequently, my administration will be
working with Congress in a bi-partisan fashion
to address matters such as the chalkiness on
fiberglass hulls, hardware corrosion and teak
Additionally, we hope to fashion a process for
the timely and full control of activities that
negatively impact our boating community.
Abhorrent matters such as noisy speakers on
boats, dockside restaurants with limited menus
and other challenges to the well-being of our
will also seek tax credits for educational
endeavors that enhance the boating skills of
crew members regardless of age, political
affiliation or boat shoe size. Yes, we want to
remove the fear of docking – forever.
There are undoubtedly
more threats to this honored and enjoyed past
time that will surface as we hold listening
sessions proximate to fresh and saltwater
locations across the country.
My fellow Americans,
boating in this country is as strong as ever. We
must continue to support this important part of
our American life. I ask you to join me in this
God bless you and our
fellow boaters! Let us cast off together as we
strive to make our beloved recreational pursuit