Wood Boat Exemptions

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Saturday, October 20 2007 Oct 20, 2007 Saturday, October 20, 2007 12:44:36 PM CDT October 20, 2007 in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Missouri's Congressional delegation have signed on to legislation that would continue to exempt certain all-wood boats from Coast Guard regulations dealing with fire safety. Without the exemption, the Delta Queen steamboat in St. Louis would not be able to make overnight trips down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The exemption is due to expire next year. Steamboat supporters say smoke detectors and other precautions already enable the boat to operate safely. The 81-year-old vessel is owned by Majestic America Line of Seattle.

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