Muldoon in Boating Safety Hall of Fame

Published on July 20th, 2021

James Muldoon

James Muldoon, President of US Sailing in 1997-2000, was inducted into the Boating Safety Hall of Fame. As a national catalyst for recreational boating safety, it is the National Safe Boating Council’s most prestigious award which recognizes those who provided vital leadership in making our waterways safer throughout their career.

Muldoon was a key contributor to the development of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. He advised the U.S. Coast Guard and its Boating Safety Division that on-water skills-based training was necessary to increase safety and reduce accidents and fatalities.

“Mr. Muldoon’s work has left an indelible mark on the recreational boating and marine industries,” said Stu Gilfillen, chair of the National Safe Boating Council. “His leadership and advocacy resulted in the development of the National On-Water Standards, which all boating organizations and boaters are benefiting from today.”

As the chair of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) for 11 years, Muldoon’s leadership advanced NBSAC’s ability to contribute to U.S. Coast Guard initiatives that support boaters around the country. Under his direction, NBSAC established permanent liaisons with two other U.S. Coast Guard Councils (Commercial and Towing), increased cooperation, and expanded implementation of safety measures for all boaters.

He has also been recognized by almost every major organization in the boating safety community for his outstanding contributions. For decades, Muldoon has supported boating safety education and training opportunities at the national and grassroots levels.

He was a key player in the development and funding approval of US Sailing’s national keelboat training and certification program. Over 35 years ago, he founded the Brendan Sail Training Program for Youth with Learning Differences to boost self-confidence and personal growth in children with learning differences.

“Mr. Muldoon exemplifies the passion for boating safety that the National Safe Boating Council looks for in a Boating Safety Hall of Fame inductee,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council. “He has dedicated his career to making our waterways safer and is worthy of joining the elite group of 47 hall of fame members.”

The National Safe Boating Council’s Boating Safety Hall of Fame was established in 1995 and recognizes individuals who have made, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of recreational boating safety. Learn more at

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