The Federal Boating Act of 1958 provides for coordinated Federal-state recreational boating safety programs. Today 46 states have passed legislation dealing with recreational boating. However, many of the operating and equipment requirements vary distinctly from both the Federal requirements and those of neighboring states. Of the various solutions which have been proposed to alleviate this confusing situation, it would appear that the most sensible is the development of uniformity in boating laws, rules, and regulations. The necessary steps in order to accomplish such uniformity are outlined.